Women empowerment and leadership
World Economic Forum has recently issued its Global Gender Gap Report, 2014, where Pakistan has been ranked at second worst country of the world with reference to gender equality issues and allocation of resources and opportunities for men and women. This situation is so alarming and it is indeed, the need of the hour to put more emphasis on gender equality and gender diversity. Research has proved that organization with greater gender diversity perform better. To promote women leadership in Pakistan much has to be done at governmental as well as social level to break the glass ceiling and to alleviate the gender disparity. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, being a leading higher education institution has always been a center of academic, cultural and social activities. COMSATS Institute has taken the initiative to organize a workshop in collaboration with Duzce University to promote women leadership in higher education. The basic purpose of this workshop in collaboration with Duzce University, Turkey is to improve the representation of female academicians at leadership positions and provide them enough support and resources to be at decision making positions in early part of their careers. Dr. Funda Sivrikaya Serifoglu, the president of Duzce University, Turkey has long been working on women empowerment and leadership in higher education. The workshop is designed to create awareness and inspirations for women entrepreneurs by providing them entrepreneurial skills and mentorship to enhance their businesses and contribute for the betterment of Pakistan’s economy. Mentorship and training of these young beginners is incredibly important who aspire to become future leaders. This workshop is basically designed to cater all these requirements for improving effective women participation and empowerment in academia, Industry, corporate sector, SMEs and entrepreneurship.