USAID’s job fair opens new avenues for women

KARACHI: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored Women in Trade (WIT) job fair in Karachi concluded on a high note Tuesday with more than 150 candidates from varied academic fields, over 10 universities and academic institutions and more than 20 renowned trade organisations in attendance. USAID Provincial Director Leon S Waskin said, “American people are committed to increasing economic opportunities for all Pakistanis, especially women. The Women in Trade Management Training and Mentorship Programme is a fine example of USAID’s contribution to empowerment and career development for Pakistani women. The Job Fair proved to be a landmark event in promoting recent women graduates as well as experienced female professionals in the field of international trade.  More than half of Pakistan’s population is female and the number of women graduating from universities is increasing every year. These fresh graduates not only seek challenging openings in the job market, but also possess a genuine desire to contribute to the development of their communities and Pakistani society. The job fair bridged the gap between academia and industry by bringing together recent female graduates and renowned trade organisations. Waskin said 66 recent trainees in the WIT programme have accepted full-time employment following the program’s completion.

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