islamabad - The Australian High Commissioner, Margaret Adamson yesterday launched the ‘Australia Awards Women in Leadership Network’ to support Pakistani women in leadership roles.

The network will engage women alumni of the Australia Awards scholarship program in Pakistan.

The Women in Leadership Network is an Australian government regional initiative involving Australia Awards Alumni from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The High Commissioner Margaret Adamson observed that gender equality was essential for successful economic and social development globally and noted that gender equality was at the core of Australia’s foreign policy.

Adamson added that the network would support the Pakistan government’s commitment to implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals regarding the women empowerment.

“This leadership network initiative would provide Australia Awards alumni in Pakistan with opportunities to connect and learn from other inspiring women in the South Asia region,” Adamson said.

Australian Awards are an integral part of the Australian government’s development assistance to Pakistan.