U.S. Launches "Women in Trade Initiative" in Pakistan

Posted by Courtney Beale
July 12, 2011
Pakistani Women Participate in USAID's Women in Trade Initiative

In conjunction with several multinational firms, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching the "Women in Trade Initiative" in order to increase the participation of Pakistani women in the international trade sector.

“This initiative is part of the United States -- commitment to the people of Pakistan to support women's empowerment,” said Dr. Marilyn Wyatt, wife of U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter, at the launch of the Women in Trade Initiative. “By raising the role of women in the international trade sector, we can enable them to contribute not only to Pakistan's economy, but to the overall development of the country.”

Under this initiative, USAID has arranged three-month internships for 17 female university graduates with well-known companies such as TARGET Sourcing Services Pakistan, TEXLYNX, NISHAT Group, and Li & Fung Pakistan. These women will gain skills in sourcing and marketing of products, product development and diversification, and supply chain management.

The international trade sector in Pakistan currently employs very few women in managerial positions. A recent USAID-funded study has shown women comprise less than 10 percent of management and 20 percent of junior staff in trade companies. The Women in Trade initiative will work to set up linkages between international firms and local universities, so that more women have opportunities to explore careers in international trade. The USAID-funded initiative will also help companies select the best-suited male and female university graduates for training and potential future recruitment.



Rahul A.
July 13, 2011

Rahul in India writes:

The woman empowerment initiative is the most quintessential and the most crucial factor in a country’s social and financial improvement. Pakistan citizens are hardworking, talented population that are just too tired of the political scene and fanatics that are inhibiting the growth of the country. The USAID has taken the right initiative and the women benefitted from this thought will surely reciprocate to the favors the organization has been showering on them. Thanks a lot for sharing this thought provoking post.

Saba G.
United States
July 13, 2011

Saba G. in the U.S.A. writes:

There are a lot of women are widow, because of the civil war. Do you have any program for them to feed their children?


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