Lahore (Staff Report): Two women from Pakistan who created Facebook groups have been selected for the Facebook’s Community Leadership Program.
Kanwal and Nadia are two of 115 community leaders selected from a pool of over 6000 applicants from around the world for this program, which aims to empower leaders who are building communities around the world.
The selected participants will be trained and funded by Facebook (each will receive up to $50,000 to be used for their community initiative) to further their vision for their respective groups.
The participants will serve as community leaders in residence, fellows, and youth participants. More than 100 fellows and youth participants will be awarded up to $50,000 each for their various community efforts.
In February, Facebook had announced the initiative meant to provide funding to individuals building communities on the platform.
In 2013, Kanwal started Soul Sisters Pakistan to give Pakistani women a place to share their issues, voice their stories and seek support.
The community page further said that the group “has become a judgement-free, apolitical place where women can network as well as find legal, financial and psychological help”.
Nadia started Pakistan’s first and most trusted online marketplace for women, providing home-based women, women entrepreneurs and women-oriented businesses a safe, bespoke platform to start and scale their businesses.