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British Deputy High Commission hosts Networking Reception for the Alumni of LADIESFUND Educate a Girl Initiative.

Acting British Deputy High Commissioner – Gillian Atkinson hosted and President of Dawood Global Foundation – Tara Uzra Dawood co-hosted an evening reception today at the British Deputy High Commission for the alumni of LADIESFUND Educate a Girl Initiative – a charitable program aimed at providing scholarships to girls in Pakistan and Founded in 2013. The reception was an opportunity to network with young talented females and hear about their inspiration and dreams. Leading ladies in the media industry were also invited to share their success stories with the alumni.

Educate a Girl initiative has the goal of getting 1000 deserving young women in each of 5 continents scholarships for vocational training in media studies, and get them into related jobs to strengthen women’s voice in media and have better and more professional gender representation in this important field. The idea is to help women enter and stay in the work force as well as to give women a voice in the media in Pakistan. So far Ladiesfund have funded 812 girls in which 587 are educated and 268 certified. Each scholarship is $100, and a donor’s name is attached to each. After educating 1000 girls in Pakistan, EAG will educate 1000 girls in Africa, then Latin America, and so forth.

Acting British Deputy High Commissioner – Gill Atkinson said:

I am delighted to be surrounded with such talented, driven and empowering young women who are a part of the Educate a Girl Alumni. You are a testament of the hope Pakistan has for a brighter and more prosperous future. Pakistan is faced with numerous internal and external challenges and one of the ways these can be addressed is by nurturing and grooming its human talent. Initiatives like these can bring about that change.

The UK has a history of strong political, social and economic ties with Pakistan. Our two countries enjoy a relationship of mutual trust and understanding. The UK has always been keen to invest in the future of Pakistan, assist Pakistan as it moves down the roads of democracy and development, and help usher in an age of prosperity and progress.

President of Dawood Global Foundation – Tara Uzra Dawood said:

On behalf of Dawood Global Foundation and Educate a Girl, I would like to thank Gill Atkinson and the British Deputy High Commission for all their support of this programme and for hosting such an interactive reception that is giving great honour to these talented and dynamic scholars, as well as providing them with a great opportunity to network with some of the leading journalists in Pakistan.

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