The US-Pakistan Women’s Council seeks to increase women’s economic participation in Pakistan through entrepreneurship, employment, and education. Established in 2012, the Council is led by a partnership between the U.S. State Department and American University (AU) in cooperation with public and private stakeholders in both countries. The Council coordinates pilot efforts within its network in order to build synergies, multiply impacts and build the business case for women's economic inclusion.
In 2016, Citigroup, General Electric and The Resources Group joined The Coca-Cola Company, Engro, PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble as corporate Council members. Members implement Council commitments that empower women and strengthen Pakistan's economy through hiring and supply chain diversity initiatives, internships and other activities.
The Pakistan Women Entrepreneurship Program (PWEP) managed through a partnership between AU and the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is a pilot certificate course for women that provides tailored, intensive assistance and leadership training to help women entrepreneurs scale up their businesses.
Council corporate members participate in the Council's supply chain diversity initiative where women entrepreneurs learn about corporate procurement requirements and potential opportunities.
The WECREATE/Pakistan women's entrepreneurship center provides support for existing women's businesses, trains business mentors, launches startups and creates new jobs. People continue to be reached through expert trainings, information sessions, showcases, competitions, social media and radio.
Pilot activities carried out by corporate Council members promote women's employment in Pakistan. The 22,000 strong Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) of students and professionals from diverse sectors in Pakistan has agreed to provide qualified female candidates to our corporate members and cooperators for corporate job opportunities.
Women's career advancement and leadership are part of the Council's employment objective. Friends of the Council conduct women in corporate leadership conferences that draw corporate executives and stakeholders.
Education and Training Pilots
The U.S. Summer Sisters program helps underprivileged Pakistani high school girls explore education and career options and strategies through pre-college programs. Over a dozen university partners provide scholarships. PepsiCo is providing $20,000 to sponsor 2017 Summer Sisters Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students.