Mohatta Palace lit up with Pakistan’s shining stars – its women – on International Women’s Day. The Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI) Karachi (South) organized an event to honor women of substance who have made contributions towards women empowerment and development in Pakistan.

Interspaced with thought provoking speeches by Hina Mansab Khan the patron in chief of WCCI, the President of WCCI Farida Quershi, and a soulfully rendered hamd by Huma Mir marked the start of the programme after the national anthem.

Poetry by Sam Haque followed after which a few awards were distributed to women of substance.

The inimitable Zehra Nigah enthralled the audience with her recitations delivered in her distinct style, followed by more awards. The award recipients provided insights into the struggles of women entrepreneurs and working women round the country.

The elegant affair was wrapped up by beautiful renditions of famous ghazals by some of Pakistan’s upcoming talent. The Vote of Thanks by the WCCI senior vice president Ghazala Saifi ended the evening on just the right note.

The proceedings were followed by high tea and mingling of guests, as well as shopping at the stalls set up by women entrepreneurs.