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Gender Equality

Gender Equality

Gender equality relates to equality between women and men with respect to their treatment, opportunities, and economic achievements in the workplace.

This is beneficial for all individuals to achieve their full potential, for the economy to utilise the skills and productivity of the workforce efficiently and for society to increase social cohesion.

Pakistan Business Council has entered into a partnership with International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group (WBG), to help improve employment opportunities for women in Pakistan. The initiative is part of a larger IFC effort to drive economic development in Pakistan and is IFC’s first engagement in Pakistan focused exclusively on increasing women employment. Activities include day long events, live webinars, roundtable discussions and the release of a video on International Women’s Day.


What does gender equality mean?

Gender equality, as it relates to a work environment, means that men and women are hired at the same rate, paid equally for equal work, and promoted at the same rate.

Why does gender diversity matter?

There is a huge, untapped pool of talent if gender diversity isn’t maintained at workplace. Gender diversity brings diversity of thought which results in better decision making. It brings competitive advantage because a diverse board is better positioned to thrive in today’s global economy where the pace of change is rapid and accelerating. Advancing women to positions of leadership is smart business. Two recent high-profile studies have found that having even just one woman on a company’s board correlates with significantly better performance.

Why is retention of female employees necessary?

Organizations that prepare themselves for the attraction, retention and development of all talent pools have an immediate and ongoing competitive advantage.

Why is female leadership important?

Female leadership is not a “nice-to-have.” It’s a must-have for companies to survive and thrive. Today’s global problems require leaders that have diverse skill sets and innovation that can only come from diverse ideas and players. Women bring the skills, different perspectives and structural and cultural difference to drive effective solutions. Female leaders change the way global solutions are forged. Having female leaders in positions of influence to serve as role models is not only critical to the career advancement of women, but stands to generate broader societal impacts on pay equity, changing workplace policies in ways that benefit both men and women, and attracting a more diverse workforce.

Why is developing a pipeline for women leaders important?

In order to get more women in leadership positions and the c-suite, it’s also important to build a “pipeline” of female talent at all levels of an organization and put in place a consistent network of support as these women rise through the ranks.

Past Events

November 15, 2018

Breaking Boundaries – Gender Equality in the Workplace

Hosted by: CERB and UNWOMEN

October 23, 2018

Breaking Boundaries – Gender Equality in the Workplace

Hosted by: CERB and UNWOMEN

October 2, 2018

Webinar – Advancing Women in Business Leadership & Management

Hosted by: IFC

September 24, 2018

Advancing Women on Boards – Face to Face training

Hosted by: IFC

July 18, 2018

Webinar – Equal Pay

Hosted by: IFC

July 18, 2018

Webinar – Effective Anti Sexual Harassment & Safe Transport

Hosted by: IFC

Video Link to Webinar
April 20, 2018

Webinar – Strategies for Retaining Women in the Workforce

Hosted by: IFC

March 14, 2018

International Women’s Day

Hosted by: PBC

March 12, 2018

Financial Inclusion – Roundtable Lunch

Hosted by: CERB

Upcoming Events

December 17, 2018

Employer of Choice for Gender Balance Awards

Hosted by: PBC and International Finance Corporation



Baseline Survey of Gender Diversity in the Business Sector of Pakistan

By: Javeria Ameen (CERB), Nazish Shekha (CERB), Zaimal Azad (CIRCLE)


The Gender Employment Gap: Challenges and Solutions

By: M. Bisello, M. Mascherini, Rioboo Leston