Karachi 2nd March 2012 – Dawood Global Foundation hosted a press conference to officially announce the 4th LADIESFUND Women’s Awards to be held at Mohatta Palace Museum on 15th March, 2012 where 200 of the most dynamic and inspiring women in Pakistan will be in attendance including internationally acclaimed Pakistani women.
This event is sponsored by Dawood Capital Management Ltd., KHUSHHALIBANK, Nokia Pakistan, and many other companies and brands. There will also be a nod to the Oscars and a tribute to those amazing women who have passed away this year.LADIESFUND® was established in 2007 as an initiative to provide financial security to women and to promote and train women entrepreneurs. It aims to integrate the entrepreneurial needs based on the economic and social aspects of the local communities, with respect to greater women participation in the workforce. LADIESFUND® Advisory Council members include Amir Adnan, Byram Avari, Dr. Ishrat Husain, Nasreen Jalil, Shafqat Sultana, Saad Khan, Sultana Siddiqui and Syed Ali Reza.
Press Conference Panelist were:
Tara Uzra Dawood, President of Dawood Global Foundation & LADIESFUND®
Sameera Raja, LADIESFUND® Brand Ambassador, LADIESFUND® 2008 Awards Winner and LADIESFUND® Awards Judge
Pomme Gohar, LADIESFUND® Brand Ambassador:
Nilofer Saeed, LADIESFUND® Brand Ambassador, 2010 LADIESFUND® Momentum Award Winner and LADIESFUND® Awards Judge
Lubna Quershi, 2012 LADIESFUND® Spa Partner & Donor of LADIESFUND® Rain Tree Scholarship for Bachelors in Textiles at Iqra University
Maha Sarwar, LADIESFUND® Student Advisory Board President, 2nd year student at University of Karachi:
The panelists spoke about their commitment to celebrating women achievement, facilitating women financial security, education of women entrepreneurship and providing opportunities for women through the LADIESFUND® platform.
The 2012 Award categories are Lifetime Achievement (with consultation of the Judges), Woman of the Year (People’s Choice Award), Momentum (judged), Trailblazer (judged) and KHUSHHALIBANK Idol (judged). There are also three scholarships to Iqra University that will be presented.
There was a lot of excitement at LADIESFUND® Woman of the Year continuing to be a People’s Choice Award with voting taking place across the nation.
The LADIESFUND® Judges shortlisted nominations to the following top 5 Finalists:
Ameena Saiyid (for spearheading the groundbreaking 3rd Karachi Literary Festival)
Hina Rabbani Khar (for being the youngest and first female foreign minister of Pakistan)
Sana and Safinaz (for their lawn tsunami)
Sharmeeen Obaid Chinoy (for her Oscar winning film “Saving Face”)
Sherry Rehman (for her appointment as Ambassador to the United States)
The winner will be chosen by you, the people of Pakistan, based on on-air and online campaigns by Dawood Global Foundation, LADIESFUND®, Snob.com, CityFM89 and CIO Pakistan. The role in the media in spreading the word on this search for the People’s Choice of Woman of the Year is very important as each vote is a support of woman leaders and women development.