ISLAMABAD: Male Champions of Change (MCC) Pakistan on Monday held their milestone event, the Insights Meeting, at Serena Hotels, Islamabad.
Based on the work undertaken between the organisations and MCC Pakistan on the trademark format of Male Champions of Change Australia, the Insights Meeting was a the outcome of aggressive working undertaken between the 10 organisations whose CEO’s signed up to become the first male leaders of the country who have actively taken on the commitment to step up against women in the gender equality agenda creating more inclusive and progressive organizations.
The project works with influential leaders to redefine the role that is played by male leaders when it comes to tackling gender inequality.
The successful MCC Strategy was launched in Pakistan by Fiza Farhan, member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women Empowerment and global advisor on gender equality in October 2018. Leading the first international expansion of the group, Fiza brought together 10 leading CEO’s from the private sector space including the leadership of corporate organizations like Telenor Pakistan, PepsiCo Pakistan, Ubank, Shell Pakistan, PMIC, FINCA Microfinance Bank, Netsol Technologies and Lahore Qalandars bringing a diverse mix of committed men of power to the table to further the agenda of gender equality.
“It is a pleasure for me to bring to Pakistan, the most unique and impactful Male Champions of Change strategy from Australia that encourages men of power to step up besides women for creating a more gender-neutral world and has been endorsed as a most effective strategy for achieving tangible results for gender equality by the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Women Empowerment,” Fiza Farhan at the MCC Insights Meeting.
“We strongly believe that empowering women and the closing the gender gap in the workplace are key to achieving sustainable development. Corporations world over are realizing the immense potential of a balanced workforce and the value they bring to the workplace. Increasing female representation, especially in ICT, would provide them, their families, and the society with better economic opportunities while accelerating the growth of the digital economy,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, Head of Emerging Asia Cluster and CEO Telenor Pakistan.
Similar sentiments were also stated by President Ubank Kabeer Naqvi, who stated, “Women empowerment is very close to our heart at Ubank. The fact that almost half of the management team comprises of women is a testimony to that fact. Not only do we focus on the number of women in our workforce, but we also make sure that we have women in positions of power and decision making.MCC’s vision matches with ours and I’m really glad to be part of it”.