US Consulate sends 19 Pakistani women for Summer Exchange Programme in US
KARACHI—US Consul General in Karachi Brian Heath greeted 19 Pakistani women prior to their departure for summer exchange programs in the United States.
‘My sincere congratulations to all of the participants in the Summer Sisters 2016 exchange program’, said Mr. Heath, while thanking partners: iEarn, the US Pakistan Women’s Council and American University.
Also attending were iEARN CEO Farah Kamal, iEARN General Manager Saleem Ibrahim, Public Affairs Officer Li Ping Lo and Cultural Attache Griffin Rozell.
‘As a Summer Sister, you will develop intellectual and leadership skills, while serving as cultural ambassadors for our two nations. All of you have the potential to become leaders in Pakistan and beyond’, said Mr. Heath.
Exchange programs, such as US Summer Sisters, are invaluable experiences for everyone involved, from the participants and professors to ordinary Americans, said Ms. Lo. ‘Summer Sisters strengthen ties between Americans and Pakistanis, combat stereotypes, and ultimately foster better understanding between our two nations’, she said.
Education, specifically women’s education, is key to a strong, economically stable, prosperous Pakistan, said Mr. Rozell.
‘Sadly, not only in Pakistan but all over the world, the potential of women and girls all too often goes undiscovered due to prejudice and artificial barriers. Programs, such as Summer Sisters, represent a concerted effort to eliminate those barriers’, said Rozell.—APP photo
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