Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has urged the government to focus on gender inclusive policies and take strong measures to bring more women to workplaces in order to realize the actual economic potential of the country. The women were half of our total population and bringing them into the mainstream of the economy was very important to enhance their contribution in the economic development of the country, said Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan, President, ICCI while addressing as chief guest at the District Convention of Women Workers Alliance. The event was organized in collaboration with Sustainable Social Development Organization, which was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary Ms. Ghazala Saifi, DG Health Hassan Orooj, Executive Director Sustainable Social Development Organization Syed Kausar Abbas, Clinical Psychologist Ms. Sobia Khateeb and ASP Investigation Ms. Ayesha. ASP ITP Ms. Faryal, members of Women Workers Alliance, teachers, doctors, LHWs, lawyers, media personnel, women workers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and experts of different fields attended the convention. Yasir Ilyas Khan said that as per World Bank’s report 2019, women’s participation in Pakistani workforce was just 22 percent while it was over 55 percent in most of the well-developed countries. He said that women participation in the labor force was 50 percent in Kuwait, 51 percent in Malaysia, 54 percent in Indonesia, 57 percent in Qatar and 61 percent in China. Therefore, it was very important for Pakistan to enhance women’s participation in workplaces for boosting its economic growth. He said that according to an IMF report, Pakistan’s GDP could be increased by up to 30 percent by empowering more women and increasing their share in the workforce. It showed the importance of bringing women into the mainstream of the economy. He said that ICCI was working on the policy of equal wages for its male and female employees and stressed that all public and private institutions should adopt equal wage policies for both genders to promote gender equality. He said that ICCI had also taken many initiatives for the economic empowerment of women and provided facilitation and support to businesswomen and start-ups. He said that the Chamber would continue to take initiatives for bringing more women in the business field for their economic empowerment.