Chartered Accountant Women Committee (CAWC) organizes Women’s Day Celebration
(Lahore April 13th, 2017)– The recently constituted Chartered Accountants Women’s Committee of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) celebrated Women’s Day at ICAP Auditorium, Islamabad. The theme of the event was “Be Bold for Change”. Over the decades, the objective of Women’s Day celebration has evolved and embraced culture and ethnicity to emerge as a celebration of appreciation, respect and love towards women. International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8, recognizing and appreciating women’s political, economic and social achievements over the decades. This year the event has been celebrated on April 11 as the committee was constituted recently and required some take to plan the event.
Bushra Aslam, Executive Director SECP stated in opening remarks that the change is already visible in Rawalpindi & Islamabad as when she started career 21 years ago there were only three students in this profession and now there are 55 qualified Chartered Accountants and hundreds of trainee students in the firms.Mr. Rashid Ibrahim (Council Member ICAP) said that International Women day is a global recognition to social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. He added that ICAP is an equal opportunity employer and the recently constituted CAWC is an example of gender equality at ICAPUzmaAdil Khan, Chairperson OGRA and member CAWC stated that the theme of Be Bold for Change for today’s event is the way forward for all the professionals. She informed the participants about how she has faced the challenge of life after her husband passed away and she had to raise two infants. Panel discussion on “2030 agenda for sustainable development formed an integral part of the Women day celebration at ICAP. The panelist comprised of Mr. Rashid Ibrahim (Council member ICAP, Ms. Bushra Aslam (Executive Director SECP), Ms. QuratUl Ain Hadi (Financial Management Analyst, World Bank), Ms. Iffat Husain (Partner BDO), Ms. FarihaWajid (Head of Accounting and Finance, NUST Business School). The panelist emphasized that Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world and reiterated their commitment towards providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work environment, and representation in economic decision-making processes at home and workplace for sustainable economies and benefit of the society and humanity at large. They stated that currently women represent 7% of the total qualified Chartered Accountants and going forward this proportion would change as currently the girl trainee students comprise of 13%. CAWC would devise various programs to make sure that awareness of the profession is created and mentoring opportunities are provided to students and members.Mr. FarrukhRehman (Council Member ICAP & Chairman CAWC) in his closing remarks presented the way forward for increase in women participation in the profession. He also thanked all the participants for their valuable contribution. ICAP CA Women Achievement Award was presented to Iffat Hussain, Partner BDO, being first qualified chartered accountant in Islamabad Rawalpindi and ICAP CA Girl Achievement Award was awarded to Miss Isghana, being outstanding student & aspiring chartered accountant.