Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry organized first Khadija’s Award on 6th march 2019 at Islamabad Club. The basic aim of organizing the event was to celebrate Women’s day and appreciate their achievements, reward and acknowledge the hard work of some of the most successful, entrepreneurial and inspiring business women. Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IWCCI) is one of the authorized and approved Women chamber of Commerce & industry from Ministry of Commerce Government of Pakistan. The Chamber was formed to create an exclusive platform for female entrepreneurs & professional women to strengthen their capacity and promote their product in local, national and international markets.
The khadija’s Award begin with a warm welcome note of Ms Naima Ansari. She greeted all the participants who were invited from twin cities and other major cities of Pakistan i.e Lahore and Karachi. There were approximately 150 people who participated in the event. Federal Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplaces Kashmala Tariq was the chief guest on the occasion.
Rizwana Asif, president IWCCI said that we have invited women from all the sectors and industries to come together for an evening of celebration to recognize the best of home-grown talent and the valuable contribution that women make to their economic life.
As Ms. Naima Ansari hosted the event of Khadija’s Award. There were different categories considered for women entrepreneurs, Rising Star, Start up of the year, Inspiring Young Women Entrepreneur, Innovative Business Award, Tech Award, Innovative Textile & Apparel Award, Creating Change Award, Arts & Culture, Make up Artist of the year, Foodpreneur of the Year, Champion of Change, Business Women of the Year, Role Model of the Year, Business Achiever Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Unconventional Business Award and Media Award. Some of the women were awarded with Encouragement Awards to acknowledge their hard work and determination for their business.
Mr. Zafar bakhtawri, CEO D.watson was invited as a guest of honor, who spoke to the participants with warm greeting remarks. He also told the participants the way he strived and struggled for his business. His dedication and determination towards his work lead him as one of the famous business tycoon. He appreciated and esteemed the women entrepreneurs to work whole heartedly in their related fields.
Khadija’s Award ceremony was graced by the presence of Ms. Anne Marchal, Deputy Head of mission of European Union delegation to Pakistan. Shireen Arshad khan Vice President FPCCI, Ijaz Abbasi Vice President FPCCI, Sheikh Abdul Waheed Vice President FPCCI. Malik Sohail, Chief Chairman Coordination FPCCI, and Rafat Farid, Senior Vice President ICCI.
Ms. Kashmala tariq, federal ombudsperson for protection against harassment of women at the workplaces was the honorable guest for Khadija’s Award. She gave a brief description the project she is dealing in regarding women harassment at workplaces. And the basic rights the women have.