ISLAMABAD – A consultative session on policy dialogue on gender-responsive policy and regulatory framework along with launching on an Advocacy Campaign on Women in Green Industry was held under Delivering Results Together Fund (DRT-F) joint programme with UNIDO and other UN agencies.

The dialogue and policy recommendation was to review policies and make recommendations on the policies to make them more conducive for women entrepreneurs, working in the area of green industry.

Women from excluded groups were present at this meeting so they could share insights on improvements that should be made with regard to policymaking. Their strategic viewpoints were valuable and in-line with UNIDO’s focus on ISID.

The Policy dialogue and an Advocacy Campaign on “Women in Green Industry”held in Lahore were in continuation of Islamabad’s week-long dialogue on women in the green industry. UNIDO is aiding excluded groups, focus given to women entrepreneurs in Pakistan, by developing policy drafts which enable them to excel in their respective fields.

UNIDO Representative Esam Alqararah shared his gratitude to the PIM & Chamber of Commerce & Industry for the untiring & impressive support extended for establishing Women Business Growth Centre in Islamabad with provincial chapters in Lahore and Karachi. At this occasion, he announced the launching of WBGC’s Lahore chapter along with an Advocacy Campaign on “Women in Green Industry”. He stressed that UNIDO believes in creating enabling policy environment, coupled with deliberate action by government, the private sector, and development practitioners. Which is necessary to utilise the full potential of women’s participation in green growth.

UNIDO Representative added that under this mandate, UNIDO helps developing countries in securing resource-efficient, low-carbon growth. This creates new jobs while protecting the environment.

At this occasion, Director Pakistan Institute of Management (PIM), Abid Hussain Sabri, highlighted challenges of women to initiate startups in green industry without concrete support of relevant institutions and reiterated PIM’s commitment to work for women since they comprise the majority of the world’s poor and are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. Favourable policy framework can promote innovation to mitigate the harmful impact. He reiterated PIM’s commitment to support Women Business Growth Centre (WBGC) launched today in PIM’s premises in collaboration with UNIDO.-Online