Increase the number of women in the workforce and to inspire them to become active members of society.
To partner with education institutions and employers, and provide girls with the skills they need in order to succeed professionally.
Who we are
Inspiring Women is an initiative run by successful and driven women, for women. Our goal is to enable young girls to find their strengths, believe in their abilities and inspire them to pursue their ambitions. The initiative’s aim is to increase the number of girls in the workforce by providing them with soft and practical skills that economically empower them. By acting as a systems integrator between students, education institutions, and employers. We endeavour to cover the gap that exists between education to employment.
The initiative also draws professional women from a vast range of fields with varying backgrounds that can offer the benefit of their experience and provide guidance and mentorship to participants. By sharing their stories, we seek to highlight to young women that pursuing their passions is not only possible but also vital to have a positive impact on their personal and professional lives. We, at Inspiring Women, hope to encourage women to become active members of society.
What we do
Inspiring Women collaborates with Colleges and Universities in Pakistan to provide professional development skills & motivational sessions to young, college going girls. We recognise that there is a great disconnect between educational institutions and employers. Inspiring women wishes to bridge this gap by conducting development skills training.
These trainings are conducted through workshops/seminars and our internship programs. The idea is to provide trainings that enable young girls to overcome the many obstacles they face that hinder their growth and potential as well as allowing them to be economically empowered members of society. By inviting inspirational and talented women to our motivational sessions, we hope to provide the necessary role models to students. These professionals share their experiences and provide a glimpse into the daily struggles and triumphs within their respective careers. Inspiring Women aims for participants to use our platform as a stepping stone towards the direction they wish to take in life.
Why Are We Important
Pakistan is a developing economy, according to numerous reports, the country’s growth rate is estimated to be a modest 5% over the next 3 years. For Pakistan to reach its full economic potential and become a global player, certain changes will need to take place. One of the highlighted and most stressed upon prerequisites is an increase in the skill and participation of women in the workforce.
Moreover, there is a universal crisis of;
1. high levels of youth unemployment; and
2. shortage of people with critical job skills.
It indicated that 36% of employers (across 9 countries) reported that lack of skills causes significant entry-level vacancies. It also points out that education providers, the youth and employers all live in parallel universes as they have little engagement which gives little insight on what they expect from one another.
Inspiring Women aims to bridge these gaps between girls (the youth), education institutions and employers. We aim to act as a system integrator, between educational institutions, students and employers. The key is to assist girls to progress from the educational environment to employment and enable them to become active members of society.
The lack of women in the Pakistani workforce creates a cycle that perpetuates an adverse working environment for women. This absence of participation keeps women from realizing their true potentials and from contributing to society. It is our hope that an increase in women participation in the workforce will not only improve their overall welfare, but also change the way Pakistani society functions; increase its economic prosperity and the manner it will continue to evolve in the future.
Meet The Team
CEO / Founder
Ms. Abida Mukhtar is the Founder of Inspiring Women. She established the organisation in 2015 when she realised there was a great disconnect between the number of girls receiving education, and the number of girls actually in the workforce. Thus, she formed the organisation as a workshop series to better equip young college going girls to enter the professional world. She has a Masters from the London School of Economics and completed her Undergraduate from Smith College.
With a Masters from New York University, Azal began work with Inspiring Women in 2016, as Director Operations later to become Partner. She manages all communication and is a major part of Strategy and Development.
Web Developer / Technical Manager
Zakhar Habib is the Web Developer at Inspiring Women and is involved in the graphic designing of the content required and media planning activities carried out at Inspiring Women Pk.
Social Media Manager
Ramsha has always been passionate about doing something for the youth of Pakistan. She has pursued her Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from Bahria University Islamabad. She opted for Development Studies as her major because the core of the subject harmonized with the domain she wanted for her career. Ramsha’s interest has always been deep and powerful about doing something for those who lack access to basic rights. She has worked at Inventive Leads Pvt. Limited, a career consultancy firm, is currently pursuing free-lancing and is a Social Media Manager at Inspiring Women Pk. Ramsha is a young individual who is trying her best to contribute towards making a better society in every way possible!
I am Kinza Javaid, an inspiring woman with a software engineering degree and a passion for design. Due to the vast experience in the design industry, I have the right skill set to bring all your design dreams into reality. I specialize in creating social media designs and can do anything that I set my mind to! I love to collect shoes and watch movies. In my spare time I am usually looking for design inspirations and how I can further help the community!
I am an undergraduate student and am pursuing my degree in Psychology at Comsats University, Islamabad. My personal and professional goals lie in gender equality and women empowerment, which is why I’m studying Psychology to further research and work in Female Psychology specifically. I’m passionate about using my privilege to speak up for and work for those who need it most, so here I am, doing my part at Inspiring Women Pk.
Junior Communication and Research Coordinator
Khadijah is an aspiring Textile Designer, currently in her Junior Year at Indus Valley School, Karachi. She is passionate about making the world a better place for Women by bridging the gap between talent and opportunities. She is also inclined towards bringing diversity to her work experience hence, joined Inspiring Women Pakistan which directly aligns with her purpose.