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Pakistan’s WBL index up 25 points

– Associated Press of Pakistan

Pakistan has significantly improved its score on the entrepreneurship indicator of Woman, Business and the Law (WBL) index, from 50 to 75 points, as per WBL Report 2021.

The rise is mainly attributed to reforms introduced by the SECP, enabling women to register a company effectively and promptly, said a press release issued here.

WBL Report is World Bank’s publication, that evaluates laws and regulations of 190 countries, in order to identify requirements that restrict women’s economic opportunities.

The report covers eight broad areas; mobility, workplace, pay, marriage, parenthood, entrepreneurship, assets, and pension. In 2021 report, Pakistan has improved its score on two indicators; entrepreneurship and workplace, resulting in upgrading the overall score to 55.6, from 49.4 in 2020. Pakistan has been included in 5 economies that have introduced reforms to improve entrepreneurship opportunities for women.

It is encouraging to note that from March 2020 to March 2021, SECP registered a total 21,168 companies, out of which 5,145 companies have at least one women director, which accounts 24.3 percent of total incorporation during the period.

SECP, cognizant of the vital role played by women in economic growth, has introduced number of steps to improve gender mainstreaming within the organization.

The recent measures include an increase in maternity leave from 90 to 180 days, ensured 48% representation of females in new hiring and 23% representation in recent promotions.
At SECP, there is 29% female representation at senior levels, and 23% of women are working at management cadre.

At the occasion of women’s day celebrations, SECP’s Commissioner Sadia Khan encouraged women to actively volunteer for various activities and said that events on diversity should be a regular feature during the year, where women can discuss all the progress made in the past and deliberate on the way forward.

Syed Zaki Hussain

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