Karachi: Dawood Global Foundation held the 7th LADIESFUND Sustainability Luncheon at British Deputy High Commission Karachi where corporates and businesses were awarded for their commitment to UNSDG and women businesses trained in aligning with UNSDG, with trainers and speakers from UNIDO and UNDP including Peter Hurst from the UK, Qasar Wasique Ahmad from UNIDO Pakistan, and Rida Amjad Mirza and Hameeda Kaleem from UNDP. Some businesses awarded include National Foods, HOM, EY, Glow & Lovely, Toni & Guy, and training was done of women professionals, SMEs, home chefs, and a handful of rural women. 10 LADIESFUND Women of Inspiration 2023 were also awarded and then mentored the guests. These women included Nargis Rehman, Sharmila Farooqui, Shaniera Akram, Dr. Ishrat Lindblad, Naz Khan, Hena Sadeq, Nighat Misbah, Dr. Mahnaz Shah, Niilofur Farrukh and Frieha Altaf.LADIESFUND President Tara Uzra Dawood welcomed guests, saying, “LADIESFUND stands for women with economic power and voice and of course, impact and today we take that a step further strengthening that to sustainability and aligning women businesses and acknowledging corporates who are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and in particular: UNSG Goal 5: Gender Equality.” She said, “It has been forecasted that Pakistan will be one of the worst-affected countries due to climate change. We as a nation have been receptive to the UNSD Goals and have achieved several global expectations, with the support of our female population, which is nearly 50%!” British Deputy High Commissioner Sarah Mooney then welcomed guests and spoke about how when she was a young girl, she was expected in school to learn how to iron a man’s shirt and she protected. She changed her school requirements and went on to be a incredible leader in her own right. “I wish you all a great afternoon and look forward to welcoming you all next year,” she said. This is the 7th January lunch of LADIESFUND”s at the BDHC. Peter Hurst, UNIDO Global expert and British Citizen, who arrived on the redeye, then gave a keynote speech, “Excited to speak at this very exciting LADIESFUND programme connecting to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Women empowerment and women equity we are very focused on in the Sindh province.” Hurst went on to meet with, train and mentor various women SMEs at this event. Hurst was joined by Qasar Wasique Ahmad who has been with UNIDO since 2013. He met with and helped train various women professionals and entrepreneurs at this event. UNDP gender experts Rida Amjad Mirza and Hameeda Kaleem then proceeded to do a training on UNSDG. They thereafter mentored women professional and entrepreneur tables.