Pakistanis Are Furious at This Misleading Tweet by the Country Director for World Bank

Pakistan is finally on the right track when it comes to women empowerment and gender equality as women across the country are contributing to the country’s economy in ways unimaginable a few decades ago.

Women are becoming more self-reliant, creating their own businesses and start-ups and inspiring young girls to follow their footsteps.

A recent tweet by World Bank Country Director for Pakistan, Illango Patchamuthu, has met with a lot of criticism by hardworking women and men who are playing their role in ensuring diversity and gender equality. Illango stated that the company registration process differs for married women in Pakistan, the implication being that the process is more difficult and discriminates against women looking to start their own business.


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Here’s what he said:

The tweet has since been retweeted by the official Twitter handles of the World Bank South Asia, and World Bank Gender Group along with influentials such as a former member of Parliament, Bushra Gauhar.

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has clarified that the process for business registration is the same for everyone regardless of gender.

The process of incorporating a company in Pakistan for a married man or woman is the same. There is no additional requirement for a married woman. Married men or women are required to provide the same set of information/documents for registering a company.

“CNIC/Passport copy is accepted as a proof a person’s identity (a man or a woman) and for verification of his/her particulars”, the statement further clarified, refuting the claims made by World Bank’s Country Director for Pakistan.

A number of women, who have gone through the process have also rebuffed the irresponsible tweet by a man holding a strong position.

There may be issues, but gender discrimination for registering a business is not among them.

The tweet has hurt the sentiments of women organizations and entrepreneurs as well.

The World Bank official is facing the heat for not validating his claims before posting the tweet.

Interestingly, Illango hasn’t deleted the tweet but has instead said that he was ‘glad to hear from many women entrepreneurs who were not constrained by this’.

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