1st anniversary of women empowerment initiative by Punjab IT Board would be conducted this week by Punjab Information Technology. The convention called the “Herself Women Convention” would be held in Arfa Software Technology Park on July 8th, Saturday. As per Dr Umar Saif women constitute of 60% of the workforce at Punjab Information Technology Board.
Herself Women Convention is PTIB’s way of acknowledging and breaking stereotypes related to role of women in Pakistan. The aim is to move forward towards an advanced Pakistan as Dr Saif added.
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PITB Director Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development and head of entrepreneurship wing, Nabeel A Qadeer recognized the support by Facebook in their journey and said that the dream of “Herself” is to increase women participation in staff. It is the only women related initiative that is associated with Facebook’s ‘She Means Business’ that uses its site to share successful stories of women.
Individuals who will panel students
Seema Aziz: Only Pakistani woman listed in Forbes 500, owner of Bareeze
Dr Amjad Saqib: Founder and Executive Director of Akhuwat
Zainab Abbas: Secretary Women Development Department,
Bushra Aman: Global Development Advisor/Member
Fizza Farhan: Asia’s first woman bomb disposal squadron
Rafia Qaseem Baig; and Samar Khan: First women in the world to ride cycle on the Karakoram Mountains of Gilgit Baltistan
9th International Conference on Information & Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) would also be conducted on four days by Information Technology University. From 16th to 19th November 2017 this conference would be held in Lahore.
For submission of short papers, July 14th is the deadline set. Those papers that would get accepted would be presented in the conference in shape of posters, as for notes that would be at the top would be invited to give oral presentation. The top ones would also be available in the ACM Digital Library.
We should acknowledge ITU and PITB efforts in developing and testing applications of ICT in fields specified to education, agriculture healthcare and governance.
IT industry has flourished in Pakistan in the last decade as entrepreneurs, incubators and funding networks have come up in the field.