Celebrating International Women's Day 2015

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'Making It Happen' Empowering women of the Mountains - Innovations, lessons and best practices in social, political, economic and technological fields

ICIMOD Country Office in Pakistan is organizing a day-long programme in Gilgit, Baltistan in collaboration with the Government of Gilgit Baltistan, local communities, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), FOCUS, WWF-GB, Mountain Agricultural Research Centre (MARC) and Karakoram International University (KIU).  The programme aims to  assess scope of ICIMOD supported technologies for livelihood improvement as well as women empowerment in the communities of Gilgit Baltistan and develop a way forward on the basis of discussions and feedback with the local communities to pilot potential pro-women technologies in the area/community.

Tentative Programme

Time Activity Presenter
09:00 Guests arrival and seating All
09:25 - 09:30 Recitation of verses from Holy Quran Participant
09:30 - 09:40 Welcome Song Children from Mountain School, Gilgit
09:40 - 10:15 Opening remarks (05 minutes each)

Prof Dr Muhammad Asif Khan, VC KIU, Gilgit

Dr Nadeem Amjad, Member (NR) PARC Islamabad

Ms Najma Farman, Women Development section, PDD, GoGB

Ms Yasmin Karim, AKRSP

Dr Abdul Wahid Jasra (ICIMOD), DG's message

10:15 - 10:35 Speech competition (Part I) Students from locals schools of Gilgit district (03)
10:35 - 10:45 Documentary AKRSP / ICIMOD/ WWF
10:45 - 11:00 Early Warning System for mountain areas: an ICIMOD initiative to help build resilience against disaster among vulnerable groups in UIB area of Pakistan Dr Nazir Ahmad, RPM for FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, Pakistan (FHAP), Gilgit
11:00 - 11:20 Potential for empowering mountain women in Gilgit-Baltistan through ICIMOD supported technologies

Nusrat Batool: Angora rabbit in mountains of Pakistan (PARC)

Ghulam Nabi Shigri: Sea buckthorn (MAFSO) GB

11:20 - 11:35 Documentary AKRSP / ICIMOD / WWF
11:35 - 12:00 Speech competition (Part II) Students from locals schools of Gilgit district (03)
12:00 - 12:15 Performance on Search & Rescue (SAR) in disaster situation FOCUS DRR Volunteers
12:15 - 12:30 Award distribution (results and remarks) Nominees for "Women in Development of GB"
12:30 - 12:50 Open discussion: empowering mountain women in Gilgit-Baltistan – scope of technologies for adoption Panel: Nusrat Batool, Ghulam Nabi, Awardees (03)
12:50 - 13:00 A tableau performance Students of D J Girls Model School, Danyore, Gilgit
13:00 - 13:30 Award / certificate distribution and closing remarks Chief Guest (TBC)
13:30 - 13:35 Vote of thanks Dr Babar Khan (WWF-Pakistan)
Refreshment (KIU Cafeterias)

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