LADIESFUND Sustainability Luncheon at British Deputy High Commission
Dawood Global Foundation held the 7th LADIESFUND Sustainability Luncheon at British Deputy High Commission Karachi where corporates and businesses were awarded for their commitment to UNSDG and women businesses trained in aligning with UNSDG, with trainers and speakers from UNIDO and UNDP including Peter Hurst from the UK, Qasar Wasique Ahmad from UNIDO Pakistan, and Rida Amjad Mirza and Hameeda Kaleem from UNDP.
Some businesses awarded include National Foods, HOM, EY, Glow & Lovely, Toni & Guy, and training was done of women professionals, SMEs, home chefs, and a handful of rural women. 10 LADIESFUND Women of Inspiration 2023 were also awarded and then mentored the guests. These women included Nargis Rehman, Sharmila Farooqui, Shaniera Akram, Dr. Ishrat Lindblad, Naz Khan, Hena Sadeq, Nighat Misbah, Dr. Mahnaz Shah, Neelofer Farrukh and Frieha Altaf.
LADIESFUND President Tara Uzra Dawood welcomed guests, saying, “LADIESFUND stands for women with economic power and voice and of course, impact and today we take that a step further strengthening that to sustainability and aligning women businesses and acknowledging corporates who are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and in particular: UNSG Goal 5: Gender Equality.”
She said, “It has been forecasted that Pakistan will be one of the worst-affected countries due to climate change. We as a nation have been receptive to the UNSD Goals and have achieved several global expectations, with the support of our female population, which is nearly 50%!”
British Deputy High Commissioner Sarah Mooney then welcomed guests and spoke about how when she was a young girl, she was expected in school to learn how to iron a man’s shirt and she protected. She changed her school requirements and went on to be a incredible leader in her own right. “I wish you all a great afternoon and look forward to welcoming you all next year,” she said.
Peter Hurst, UNIDO Global expert and British Citizen, who arrived on the redeye, then gave a keynote speech, “Excited to speak at this very exciting LADIESFUND programme connecting to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Women empowerment and women equity we are very focused on in the Sindh province.” Hurst went on to meet with, train and mentor various women SMEs at this event.
Hurst was joined by Qasar Wasique Ahmad who has been with UNIDO since 2013. He met with and helped train various women professionals and entrepreneurs at this event.
UNDP gender experts Rida Amjad Mirza and Hameeda Kaleem then proceeded to do a training on UNSDG. They thereafter mentored women professional and entrepreneur tables.
Zoha Rahman”s Short Film Acquired by Disney+
Zoha Rahman, an accomplished and talented actress, has recently achieved a major milestone in her career. Her latest short ?lm, Eid Mubarak, has been acquired by Disney’s Creator+ for their ‘Flip the Script’ Short Film Fund. This is a signi?cant achievement as it means that the ?lm will be featured on a popular international platform and have the opportunity to reach a wide audience.
Directed by Mahnoor Euceph, Eid Mubarak is a live-action short ?lm based on the real childhood experience of the writer and director. With this ?lm, the team hopes to bring into the Western mainstream an experience that is universal in the Muslim world and create bridges of understanding across cultures.
From color to composition, every frame of Eid Mubarak will be a testament to the creativity and hard work of the entire team, which includes not only Americans, but also the artisans of Pakistan who need a spotlight to showcase their unique talents to the world. The film was shot in Karachi, Pakistan over the course of five 12-hour days in May 2022, and completed post-production in the summer in Los Angeles, California.
The film is set to premiere at the Children’s Film Festival in Seattle, February 2023, providing a platform for Zoha’s work to be seen by a diverse and engaged audience.
Zoha made a name for herself after starring in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ as the Marvel universe’s ?rst hijab wearing character. She has featured in Net?ix’s ‘Young Wallander’ and Apple TV’s ‘Foundation’. Her acting abilities have stretched across the pond to Bollywood as well, where we saw her in the mega biographical sports feature ’83. Zoha will also star in Anshuman Jha’s ‘Lord Curzo.