Nestlé holds sem­i­nar

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

Staff Re­porter KARACHI: Nestlé Pak­istan or­gan­ised a sem­i­nar as part of its Kero Aitemaad-Be­lieve in Your­self ini­tia­tive.

The aim of the ini­tia­tive - un­der­taken by Nestlé Pak­istan's Cor­po­rate Re­cruit­ment Depart­ment - is to help as­pir­ing women break stereo­types, un­der­stand how to nav­i­gate through dif­fer­ent as­pects of pro­fes­sional life and to learn how Nestlé sup­ports fe­male pro­fes­sion­als.

The Nestlé Pak­istan women who spoke in­cluded Hu­maira Ashar (Busi­ness Man­ager, Con­fec­tionary), Dr Huma Fahim (Med­i­cal Ad­vi­sor, Nestlé In­fant Nu­tri­tion), Anoop Khalid (As­sis­tant Brand Man­ager, Nescafe) and Kanza Ma­lik (Area Sales Man­ager, Karachi).

Ab­dul­lah Jawaid, the Gen­der Cham­pion for Nes­tle Pak­istan, ran the par­tic­i­pants through some fig­ures. In Pak­istan, said, women make up only 5% of lead­er­ship po­si­tions in com­pa­nies com­pared to 12% world­wide.

Hu­maira Ashar said chal­lenges and hin­drances could come from any­where - our minds, fam­i­lies or the so­ci­ety. The trick, she be­lieves, is to jug­gle things ef­fi­ciently. She cau­tioned that it wasn't easy but could be done.

Dr Huma had to give up work­ing af­ter hav­ing chil­dren. She went back to col­lege af­ter eight years and started work­ing again. She said she had treated each bias as a chal­lenge and was proud of what she had achieved in 15 years.

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