The Consulate General of Pakistan in Chicago and the Pakistani Ladies Association of Midwest America (PLAM) jointly hosted an event to commemorate International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. The event brought together women community leaders Pakistani-American, members of the Consular Corps and Civil Society Council.
The day began with a political segment moderated by Arshia Hussnain. Speech by the President conducted by Zar Negar Speaking on the occasion, Consul General Tariq Karim appreciated Pakistani American women as leaders, innovators and agents of change and for their contribution to promoting partnership between Pakistan and States United as builders of bridges.
Hailing the emerging role of women as partners in Pakistan’s national development in various capacities, the Consul General reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to empowering women at all levels of society by taking concrete steps to enhance representation political/civic and financial inclusion. He pointed out that the level of representation of women in Pakistan is among the best in the region. The Consul General said that Pakistan, as a signatory to several international commitments on gender equality and women’s rights, has taken several steps to strengthen legislation on women’s empowerment. He also made a presentation on strengthening the institutional framework for the protection of women in Pakistan.
The Consul General urged Pakistani American women to continue to play their active role as leaders and innovators while helping to strengthen the bonds between the two peoples and countries.
He also stressed the need for the international community to extend its solidarity and support to the oppressed women of illegally occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), who are suffering gross human rights violations.
In her remarks, Patron of the Pakistani Ladies Association in US Midwest (PLAM). Ms. Aasma Tariq presented the objectives of PLAM which, among others, include promoting Pakistani culture and soft power and enhancing the role of Pakistani-American women. She also highlighted the contribution made by Pakistani women in all spheres of public life, while praising Pakistani-American women as leaders and agents of change.
Speaking on the occasion, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Ms. Saima Mohsin, and elected officials Saadia G. Covert and Bushra Amiwala highlighted various aspects of their lives and recounted their own experiences. who shaped the course of their successful professional careers.
The Illinois Attorney General sent a special message on this occasion which was read by his representative Nettie Lasko.
The event was covered by numerous mainstream and ethnic media outlets, including many Chicago television networks. The event was widely attended by women leaders from the Pakistani American community.
Dinner was served at the event. The program was very well organized, prestigious and appreciated by the participants and will be remembered for a long time.