CIRCLE Pakistan – Highlighting Women Entrepreneurship

CIRCLE Pakistan – Highlighting Women Entrepreneurship


CIRCLE Pakistan, a leading platform for women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in Pakistan, hosted a story-telling based public speaking workshop on Thursday 17th November for women leaders in the country. This was the launch event for CIRCLE’s Young Professionals’ Network – a pioneering initiative for growing women leaders.

Founded by Sadaffe Abid, co-founder and former COO and CEO of Kashf Foundation, CIRCLE Pakistan works towards women’s economic empowerment and employment through innovative entrepreneurship and leadership labs, advocacy campaigns and research. CIRCLE is based on the belief that investing in women is the smartest economic venture of today and that when women develop, communities prosper and economies grow.

The storytelling workshop was facilitated by Aurelie Salvaire, a social entrepreneur and coach from Barcelona, who brings experience of curating multiple TEDx conferences and coaching TEDx speakers. Women from leading corporates such as IBM, Loreal, Mitsubishi, Unilever, National Foods as well as from start-ups attended the interactive workshop which was held at Bank Alfalah Learning Centre. It involved practicing pitching their ideas, mapping their journey, and owning their narrative.

Sadaffe Abid shared, ‘Women are the most under utilised asset of Pakistan. At CIRCLE, we are delighted to offer a series of public speaking workshops for women along with leadership labs so women can take leadership roles on boards, teams and as entrepreneurs. For Pakistan’s prosperity inclusion of women is critical.’

CIRCLE also recently celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) by focusing on women entrepreneurship and the role women play in boosting business and innovation. CIRCLE has been highlighting one woman start up every day of the week for #GEW2016 – this will be followed by the release of CIRCLE’s research on women entrepreneurship in Pakistan. Additional celebrations of Global Entrepreneurship Week included Fellows from CIRCLE’s Youth Fellowship visiting NETSOL technologies, hosted and mentored by Mr. Salim Ghauri. As part of GEW, CIRCLE hosted a Twitter conversation titled ‘The Entrepreneur’s Journey: Opportunities and Challenges’ on Saturday 19th November, 6pm – 7pm. #CIRCLEWomen – This was an opportunity to crowdsource ideas and provoke discussion on the entrepreneurial landscape for women in Pakistan.

CIRCLE also targets women’s unemployment and underrepresentation through its Elevate campaign and framework. To date 15 CEOs have signed the #ElevatePak pledge, committing to women’s economic empowerment. Join the movement here:

For more information contact:

CIRCLE: Zaimal Azad, Operations and Innovation Manager. Email: Ph: 0332 3799598

Social Media Details: Twitter: @CIRCLE2020, Facebook: @Circlewomen


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