KARACHI: Dawood Global Foundation (DGF) is holding the sixth Ladiesfund Women’s Awards to recognize the contribution of women to society at Mohatta Place Museum on March 1 (Saturday).
DGF President Tara Uzra Dawood made the announcement at a press conference at the DGF office on Tuesday. She was accompanied by Nazneen Tariq Khan, Aminah Zaheer, Sayeeda Leghari and Laila Sarfraz.
“We are delighted to be holding our sixth successive Ladiesfund Women’s Award as we continue to honour and recognise the extraordinary women of Pakistan,” the DGF president said. She said that 400 of the most dynamic and inspiring women across the country will attend the Ladiesfund Women’s Award this year.
Dr Nafis Sadik of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Souriya Anwar of SOS Children’s Village of Pakistan will be the chief guests this year. Dr Sadik will be awarded the 2014 Life Time Achievement Award on the occasion. The Trailblazer Award, the Momentum Award and the Woman of the Year Award will be decided by a vote, from among five finalists shortlisted by judges. The judges for this year are All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA) President Leila Sarfaraz, fashion designer Safinaz Muneer and advertising guru Seema Jaffer.
Multiple scholarships and grants will also be presented at the ceremony, including six need-based scholarhsip for a bachelor’s in business administration women students to attend Iqra University, and 124 vocational scholarships to the Institute of Journalism.
The nominees for the Trailblazer Award are Khalida Brohi, Nadia Hussein, Saima Mohsin, Sania Maskatiya and Shayan Afzal Khan. The Momentum Award nominees’ list is comprised of Angie Marshall, Jugnu Mohsin, Naila Jamal, Noorjehan Bilgrami and Sehyr Saigol, while Khawar Mumtaz, Musharaf Hai, Ronak Lakhani, Samina Baig and Yasmeen Lari have been shortlisted for the Woman of the Year Award. People can vote for the nominee of their choice in each of these categories online on the Ladiesfund official website.
Mehwish Khan, a Ladiesfund vocational scholar, spoke at the press conference of the opportunity afforded her by the Ladiesfund scholarship: “Being selected as a Ladiesfund scholar is changing my life. I’ve already been selected for a final interview at L’Oreal Pakistan, thanks to DGF and its Educate a Girl programme.”Ladiesfund was founded in 2007 as an initiative to provide financial security to women and to promote and train women entrepreneurs. It seeks greater participation for women in the workforce.
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