Make some space for women
We celebrated International Women’s Day a few days back. Keeping this day in mind many events were held in Karachi
and Lahore on the day dedicated to women. Read on to findout more…
Women drivers will no longer have to struggle to find a parking space at one of Karachi’s most popular shopping destinations – Dolmen Mall, Clifton. As part of their International Women’s Day celebrations, the mall inaugurated a dedicated parking area for women. Fashion Diva Maheen Khan along with Sonya Battla, Sunita Marshall and Anoushey Ashraf cut the ribbon to mark the opening of Pakistan’s first ever women only parking space.
The first facility of its kind in Pakistan, this exclusive parking space initiative has been taken to extend support and facilitate the increasing number of women mall-goers and enriching their mall experience. The new parking area is reserved solely for self-driving women and is conveniently located close to the entrance.
Anum Nadeem, Head of Marketing at The Dolmen Group says, “We want to make the shopping experience more convenient for women, particularly for those women who visit the mall with young children. This exclusive parking facility for women is the latest amongst a long list of amenities including mother rooms, disability access, prayer areas, driver room and a medical assistance room. We believe in community development and what better way than to honour the Pakistani woman on International Women’s Day. This initiative highlights our commitment to empower women and encouraging them to become more proactive members of the community. The idea is to make the mall experience more convenient for them.”
On International Women’s Day to honour talented women who have made contributions towards women empowerment and development in Pakistan, the Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI) Karachi (South) organized an event at Mohatta Palace, Karachi. The evening’s proceedings to honour these inspirational women was interspaced with thought provoking speeches by Hina Mansab Khan, the patron in chief of WCCI, and the President of WCCI Farida Quershi. A soulfully rendered hamd by Huma Mir marked the start of the programme, handled by Shanaz Ramzi of Starlinks. Poetry by Sam Haque followed after which a few awards were distributed. The inimitable Zehra Nigah enthralled the audience with her recitations delivered in her distinct style, followed by more awards. The award recipients provided insights into the struggles of women entrepreneurs and working women round the country. The elegant affair was wrapped up by beautiful renditions of famous ghazals by some of Pakistan’s upcoming talent. The vote of thanks by the WCCI senior vice president Ghazala Saifi ended the evening on just the right note. The proceedings were followed by high tea and mingling of guests, as well as shopping at the stalls set up by women entrepreneurs.
Well Women Clinic
To make women understand the importance of their health status and the role it plays in their future, the Well Women Clinic under the aegis of the ‘My health Program’ was launched at Fatima Memorial Hospital on Women’s Day. For those who don’t know, Fatima Memorial Hospital is a not for profit hospital founded in 1977 in Shadman, Lahore and aims to provide healthcare services to patients from all walks of life without discrimination.
As the prevalence of diseases in women such as Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Diabetes and Osteoporosis rises globally; the Well Women Clinic will offer tailored packages to women of all ages (from teenage to elderly) for a complete screening of their health status. The health screening will be a series of tests to look for diseases that are rising in Pakistani women. After the screening, a physical assessment will be conducted by senior gynaecologist who will complete the evaluation and give their expert opinion.
The Well Women Clinic was inaugurated by Mrs. Shahima Rehman – Chairperson, Executive Committee – Fatima Memorial Hospital & Founder/ President NUR Foundation. In attendance were Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qureshi – Chairman, Board of Governors, NUR International University, Prof. Rakhshanda Rehman – Dean, School of Health Sciences, Fatima Memorial System, Dr. Arif Amir Nawaz – Hospital Director, Fatima Memorial Hospital and Prof. Afshan Ambreen, Prof. Fauzia Monnoo Khan, Prof. Rubina Iqbal, Dr. Farhat-ul-Ain, Dr. Fareeha Khaliq and Dr Khizera Anwar from the Gynaecology Department were present at the opening. ‘My Health Program’ offers a variety of packages suited to the needs and requirements with the convenience of testing and consultation under one roof.
It is quite heartening to see such events being organised solely for women. Kudos to everyone for their efforts.
By: M. Shirazi