PESHAWAR – Afghan women entrepreneurs and local businesswomen shared their experiences at a rare one-day workshop and exhibition here on Thursday.
The program for women Afghan refugee entrepreneurs was organized by the Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP) and the Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI) in collaboration with UNHCR and the Afghan Refugee Commissioner.
The goal of the program was to encourage collaboration between Afghan refugee women entrepreneurs and local counterparts for long-term livelihood development.
The program was attended by UNHCR Provincial Head Gayrat Ahmedshoev, Afghan Refugees KP Commissioner Mohammad Abbas, WCCI President Azra Jamshed, Bank of Khyber Managing Director Muhammad Ali Gulfraz, First Women Bank, KP Board of Investment and Trade, WCCI Executive Body representatives. , local communities, and Afghan refugees.
Speaking on the occasion, WCCI President Azra Jamshed hoped that such programs would bridge the gap between host communities and refugees and create sustainable livelihood opportunities.
KP Commissioner for Afghan Refugees Mohammad Abbas said that society can achieve the true essence of social and economic development by allowing equal participation of women from all walks of life and reducing social barriers that act as glass ceilings.
Gayrat Ahmadshov appreciated the role of WCCI in promoting women’s empowerment and encouraged such healthy programs for the development of Afghan refugee women, as they faced the harsh realities of life and were in dire need of support from all stakeholders.
At the event, participants, especially Afghan refugee women entrepreneurs, were well educated on entrepreneurial mindset and business modeling, financial literacy, and the importance of digital platforms in business expansion and development.
In addition to the orientation, successful local women entrepreneurs shared their experiences with Afghan refugee women. Afghan women and local entrepreneurs displayed their handmade products at various stalls including beautician related items, artificial jewellery, handicrafts, home textile products and stone works.
All dignitaries praised the products. SRSP Program Manager-Operation Syed Aftab Ahmed later thanked all the participants who received shields and certificates.