Islamabad  - Amid thundering applause from the audience, top fashion models of the country walked the ramp wearing impressive and skilfully designed attires yesterday.

What was on the show was not the work of any established professional designer; instead it was the craft of the hardworking ladies who a couple of years ago had no know-how of the training. But today they are skilled and trained enough to make a decent level and make an impression in the field of fashion designing.

These women had been trained under the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) national project “Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE)” that started with the support of Canadian government six years ago in 2016. The said event was organized to showcase the achievements of the project and mark its closing, the same day (Oct 31).

The emotionally charged crowd was also treated to the enchanting voice of renowned singer Sara Raza Khan who sang a song especially composed and written for GE4DE. The lyrics hinted at how lives of project beneficiaries had changed and how they had transformed into an asset from a liability.

The event was an opportunity to disseminate the project results; good practices; approaches; and the lessons learnt, to a wider group of stakeholders and solicit their valuable inputs for future course of action. The speakers and discussants weighed whether, after the completion of the project, Pakistani women had greater access to equal employment opportunities and decent working conditions in selected economic sectors. They also explored how it had helped in increasing the understanding of stakeholders on working women’s issues and developing their favourable attitudes towards these.