Categories
Business Woman

Entrepreneurship, a path to greater future

According to the GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) survey showed that women’s entrepreneurship is a fundamental promoting factor of the inclusive economic growth in developing economies…reports Asian Lite News

Startup Reporter brings list of Indian Women Entrepreneurs on account of Women entrepreneurship Day 2022 to acknowledge the work and zeal these women has shown to achieve their dreams.

Entrepreneurship is the act of creating a business or businesses while bearing all the risks with the hope of making a profit. It is about transforming the world by solving big problems. Women Entrepreneurs can be defined as the process of initiating ventures led by one or more women and leadership initiatives in which women occupy high positions within leadership, company management and many more.

According to the GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) survey showed that women’s entrepreneurship is a fundamental promoting factor of the inclusive economic growth in developing economies. 17 per cent women are entrepreneurs and 35 per cent of the women aspire to become entrepreneurs. Over all this implies that over half of the women in developing countries see entrepreneurship as a path to a greater future.

In the modern era of globalization and liberalization, a revolutionized method has been invited with which the women population is being given more importance. Due to constant increase in living, it has become important for women to engage themselves in economic activities to stand as a support for their families. Women have been acting as a true entrepreneurs, taking risks, managing resources and accepting challenges to gain economic independence and establish their strong position in the society.

“We need to get women to the point where they aren’t apologizing. It’s time to take ownership in our success” -Tory Burch

The list of Indian Women Entrepreneur are as follows.

Vibha Narshana is the founder of Party and Travel Group also the founder of Partra Travel,cafes & villa. She is been awarded a Superwomen award by celebrity and community head. She also received the Nelson Mandela Award .

Shruti Aggarwal: is the founder of The Startuplab. Shruti Aggarwal is among such entrepreneurs, who with her experience and knowledge, is helping entrepreneurs in their startup journey and promoting the startup ecosystem She is a qualified Company Secretary, known for her strong analytical capabilities. Her vision to support thousands, her dedication and her knowledge to stand strong made her the founder of The Startuplab, a leading hub providing legal and business growth support to startups.

Archana Khosla Burman is the Founder of VERTICES PARTNERS, a leading niche corporate law firm on a fast track to becoming a full-service house that has a core specialization in Private Equity, Venture Capital and Mergers & Acquisition Transactions. The Firm has also on-boarded Regulatory & Secretarial Compliances, Real Estate, and Banking & Finance practices in 2022. Headquartered in Mumbai, VERTICES PARTNERS also has offices in Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, and Pune.

Samhita R is the Co-Founder and also the key driving force like the others behind Crowd Control Esports(CCE), who has built the brand from scratch. She is referred as the ‘SheSapien’ by team CCE, a hardcore gaming enthusiast, business architect of the brand and a growth hacker who brings in two decades of rich experience with her to the team

Rachana Chowdhary Founder Media Value Works is a global entrepreneur who manifests innovative methodologies to offer brand value to customers. Since the digital era has embraced international growth opportunities for businesses, whether large, small, or start-ups–content and digital marketing act as an impetus for growth in global markets

Shonell Thakkar is the founder of Diquery. She went with what destiny offered and made the best out of it. Having worked for brands like Disney UTV, 20th Century Fox, and Excel Home Entertainment, among others, this woman has a great variety in her content-expertise area. She filled a clean slate with the colors of integrity, discipline & sheer hard work. She is confident, unapologetic & truly sets an example for many.

Tanmai Paul is the Co-Founder and Head of Product at Bolo Live, a creator economy platform democratizing monetisation for content creators through interactive live streaming; empowering the fans to come closer to their favorite creators in live social gaming and entertainment categories.

Anshu Dhanuka is the co-founder & CEO of Kiddopia. She oversees content, design, product features, innovations and strategy. She has strong design skills and provides creative direction to the Kiddopia team. Anshu has a Master’s degree in Finance from Nottingham University Business School. With Kiddopia, her mission is to make screen time safe, healthy, and enriching for toddlers, at a time when digital media consumption is inevitable.

Anuja Kabra is the COO and Co-Founder of Skippi Icepops -India’s 01st ice pops brand that ensures 100 per cent Natural Flavours, Natural Colours, Natural Preservatives, and Natural Sweeteners. Anuja completed her school and college in Hyderabad, following which she relocated to Australia with her husband Ravi Kabra. While living in Australia, Anuja worked with multinational food brands handling production, NPD’s, compliance, and innovative manufacturing technologies.

Amritha Gaddam is the founder of the The Tribe Concepts. Amrithas love for research and constant innovation in order to push boundaries led her to launch a sister brand – The Tribe Veda in August 2022. The brand is India’s First Ever Ayush Certified Authentic-plant based solutions in the form of Kashaya Mixes and Herbal Teas as a one stop solution for a balanced wellness based lifestyle.

ALSO READ: Rising inflation: Should we be worried?

Categories
Lite Blogs Woman

Success story of first Muslim female neurosurgeon in India

Giving a message to Muslim girls, she said, “Don’t give up, never let anyone tell you that you can’t do it, prove them wrong, by getting it…reports Mustafa Raza (State President of MSO Maharashtra)

Success comes to those who believe in hard work and dedication. This sentence fits the case of Dr. Mariam Afifa Ansari. She always dreamed of becoming a doctor. She has become the first youngest female neurosurgeon in the Muslim community in India. She had secured 137th rank in the All India NEET SS exam held in 2020, Mother is proud of her daughter and country and also became India’s first Muslim female neurosurgeon.

Since her school days, she has always been a top performer. Maryam completed her primary education in an Urdu medium school from Malagao. Interestingly, Ansari, who has left many amazed with continuous successes, has been educated in Urdu medium schools till 10th class. Afifa said, “Now I have become Dr. Afifa from Miss Afifa and my dream of wearing a white coat and examining patients with a stethoscope came true”. Maryam took her primary education from an Urdu medium school in Malegaon. After that she came to Hyderabad.

Dr. Mariam Afifa Ansari

In Hyderabad, she studied till 10th at Rajkumari Durushevar Girls High School, where she won a gold medal in class 10th. Afifa did MBBS from Osmania Medical College. She then obtained a master’s degree in general surgery from the same college. She won five gold medals during his MBBS course. After completing her course in 2017, she managed to get free admission for a masters course in general surgery in the same college. In 2019, she completed her post graduate degree, MRCS from Royal College of Surgeons, England. In 2020, she did the Diploma of National Board course. It is a special postgraduate degree awarded to specialist doctors in India. After scoring high in the 2020 NEET SS exam, she was granted free admission to MCh at Osmania Medical College.

“My success is a gift from Allah and now a responsibility,” she added.
She said that she would try to serve the community through her profession. Giving a message to Muslim girls, she said, “Don’t give up, never let anyone tell you that you can’t do it, prove them wrong, by getting it.”

She has been brilliant in studies since her school days. Afifa’s mother is a single mother and a teacher. She is proud of her daughter. Apart from studies, Afifa also excels in painting, calligraphy and Islamic teaching.
Ansari’s continuous hard work has helped her cross every hurdle on the path of success. She is an inspiration for the young generation in India.

ALSO READ-‘It’s time to act to put society on the right track’

READ MORE-‘There are heroes amongst us, fighting a daily battle’

Categories
-Top News Woman World News

REAL KERALA STORY: Rising Beyond The Ceiling

Kerala witnessed the release of a unique publication titled 100 Inspiring Muslim Women to mark the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence and 66th Kerala Formation Day. This is the first collective of its kind and highlighting the success stories of 100 Muslim women shattering the glass ceilings to become role models for the new generation.  A special report by Kaliph Anaz

100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC), celebrates the exemplary accomplishments of Kerala’s Muslim women. They are from across all the districts of Kerala- from Alappuzha, Ernakulum, Malappuram and Palakkad to Kochi, Kollam, Kannur, Kozhikode, Kasaragod, Kottayam and Wayanad, among others.

100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by @C Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC)

The 100 inspiring women are shattering the stereotypes in uniform, are leaders in administration, are creative contributors to the arts, are impassioned authors and writers, inspirations in politics, change-makers in social development, achievers in law and academics, professionals in medicine, are taking strides in entrepreneurship and private sector, shining in sports, under-30 youth achievers and are making an impact across the globe in many countries.

Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC) was founded as a global social change initiative. Its mission is to celebrate the achievements and contributions to nation building by Muslim women of India. Rising Beyond The Ceiling aims to change the stereotype narrative surrounding Muslim women in India, doing so in an integrated way, with collaboration of all faiths.

This initiative was launched in 2020 and took two years of research and selection, which was done meticulously from a huge list of nominations received through various bodies and think tanks as well as individuals.

“Kerala’s Muslim women have come a long way since Maliyekkal Mariyumma from Thalassery defied the conservatives in her community in the 1930s to study English and pursue her school education.,” the editorial panel said in a statement. “The Muslim heartland of Malappuram now produces toppers in all sorts of educational competitive examination thanks to the tireless work by organisations such as the Muslim Education Society and the Centre for Information and Guidance India among others.

Page 1 -Asian Lite- 100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by @C Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC)

“The hundred women featured here are from varied back grounds and they have overcome stiff barriers like Mariyumma did almost a century ago and moved ahead in their professional path. We want to place these role models before you so that you can see and get inspired, shed that self-doubt, and start taking those few steps and actions for a joyful journey in finding your true calling or profession. We thought this is a practical way to nudge the common average woman to look at ways and means in navigating the educational and professional fields by looking at these path breakers and learning and get inspired from their stories.”

Over 100 million Indian women, who identify themselves as Muslim, reach across a spectrum of ethnicities and languages, states, and union territories, do not look the same or sound the same, and contribute to India’s growth and development in a variety of ways. RBTC Kerala is unique in many ways, with high education status of women in the state as well as a high percentage of more than a quarter (26.5%) of Kerala’s 33 million population identifying themselves as Muslim. RBTC chapters other states are in the process of being identified as well as a global inspirations compendium of Muslim women from India who have made their mark in countries across the world. While the focus of Rising Beyond The Ceiling is on journeys travelled by Muslim women achievers, these stories will inspire all women and girls in India, and around the world, at every stage of their lives, in all areas of endeavor and open a door to new ambitions.

RBTC has also launched an online women’s mentorship programme open to all young women and girls between the age of 18 to 25 years from all communities.

Dr. Farah K. Usmani, who is the Founder and Chairperson of Rising Beyond The Ceiling, is a New York based international health and development expert. She has over 25 years of experience working with the United Nations International Civil Service in several countries across the world in policy and programming leadership with a focus on women and girls. Farah believes that this first RBTC 100 list is only a small sliver of the many amazing Muslim women in Kerala and more stories of courage, grit and service need to continue to be told. Other editors include Ameer Ahamed, Shaheen Usmani,  Aneesunneesa P,  Afzal Edappakath.

The editorial panel said that every RBTC honoree has been a role model in their specific fields, and it has been tough to choose from the many nominations to finalize the 100 inspiring Muslim women of Kerala.

PAGE 2 – Asian Lite – 100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by @C Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC)

Sadhiya Shiraj, Nargees Basheer, Nasreen Basheer, Afrah Boo provided the research support and c cover was designed by Sabiha Hasan Sumbul. Artworks team includes by Jamila Mammi, Lujain Zulaikha, Zaina Sajid and Shabna Sumayya.

For details, please contact: risingbeyondtheceiling@gmail.com

RBTC 100 WOMEN KERALA 2022

100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by @C Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC)

SHATTERING STEREOTYPES IN UNIFORM

Afra Abdullah, S. Ajeetha Begum, A. Noujisha, Shajna Karim

100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by @C Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC)

LEADERSHIP IN GOVERNANCE

Adeela Abdulla, Hamna Mariam Khan, K.A. Kadijabi,

Nagma Mohamed Mallick, Neethu Sona, Noushaba Nas,

Shakila Shamsu

100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by @C Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC)

CREATIVE CONTRIBUTORS TO THE ARTS

Aisha Sultana, Aysha Haseen, Jameela Mammi Hajee,

Nazriya Nazim, Nilambur Ayisha, Rehna

100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by @C Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC)

IMPASSIONED AUTHORS AND POETS

Fathima E.V, Khadija Mumthas, Rukhaya MK,

Sarah Aboobacker, EK Sheeba, BM Suhara, Ummi Abdullah

100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by @C Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC)

INSPIRATIONS FROM POLITICS

Jameela Kanathil, Jebi Mather, Kamrunnisa Anwar,

KP Mariyumma, Sabitha Beegum, Shama Mohamed,

Shanimol Usman, L Sulaikha, C, Zeenath

100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by @C Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC)

CHANGE MAKERS IN SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Hafsa Shamsuddin, Jameela Ibrahim, KV Rabiya,

A Rahmathunnisa, PK Noorbina Rashid, Raihanath Kappan,

Seenath Kokkur, Shameema Islahiya, Sharnas Muthu,

Sheeba Ameer, Sifiya Haneef, Tahira, VP Zuhara

ACHIEVERS IN LAW & ACADEMICS

M Fathima Beevi, Fathima Beevi KS, Fathima Nizaruddin,

Khadija Mohamed Ali, Shamshad Hussain KT,

Neema Noor Mohamed

100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by @C Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC)

PROFESSIONALS IN MEDICINE

Assuma Beevi, Laila Beegum, Mubaraka Beevi,

Shareefa Beevi, Saffia PM

100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by @C Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC)

STRIDES IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP & PRIVATE SECTOR

Abida Rasheed, Parveen Hafeez, Nimmy Sheriff, Sabira Mohamed,

Sabitha Nasar, Sahla Parveen, VP Rajeena. Rasha Kutty,

PM Shabnam Samad, Yasmin Arimbra, Zara Sheikha

100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by @C Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC)

SHINING IN SPORTS

Hadiya Hakeem, Jinsha Basheer, Majiziya Bhanu, Swaliha Rafeeq

100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by @C Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC)

UNDER 30 YOUTH INSPIRATIONS

Aysha Renna, Fathima Thahiliya, Jushna Shahin,

Laiba Abdul Basith, Nagma Nasser

 Najma Thabsheera, Noor Jaleela, Rehna Shajahan,

Safna Nazrudeen, Shabna Sulaiman, Subeena Rahman

100 Inspiring Muslim Women, published by @C Rising Beyond The Ceiling (RBTC)

MAKING AN IMPACT AROUND THE GLOBE

Alisha Moopen, Ayisha Abdul Basith, Hasina Nishad,

Jugunu Rafeeq, Jumanah Kadri, Netha Hussain, Nisha Lathif,

Nisham Rayees, Reena Abdul Rahman, Salma Raheem,

Sapna Saleem, Shabana Faizal, Shabana Sayed, Shanila Laiju,

Sunayna Iqbal, Ummul Fayiza, Yasmin Karim

Categories
Lite Blogs Woman

Khushboo Mirza : An inspiration for girls

Dr Rahat Abrar says that whenever Mission Chandrayaan is mentioned, the success story of Aligarh Muslim University student Khushboo Mirza becomes fresh…reports Asian Lite News

Chandrayaan-1, which holds an important place in the Indian space program, is completing 12 years on 22 October. Aligarh Muslim University also has a deep connection with this mission. University student Khushboo Mirza played an important role in this mission. It was through this mission that the signs of the presence of water on the surface of the Moon were confirmed. Khushboo Mirza is still in ISRO and she has also been a part of Chandrayaan-2 mission.

She worked with the development team of the Chandrayaan and Chandrayaan 2 and was honored by ISRO Team Excellence Award in April 2015.

Dr Rahat Abrar, former director of the Urdu Academy of Aligarh Muslim University and author of the book Chilman Se Chandrayaan, says that Khushboo Mirza passed the B.Tech (Electrical Engineering) examination from AMU in 2006. Khushboo Mirza is originally from Amroha. Her father passed away in 1985. Due to which her childhood was spent in a lot of difficulties, but she did not give up and continued her studies.

He said that in his book he has mentioned how daughters studying in Aligarh Muslim University have raised their flags of success till the moon on the basis of their education. He said that Khushboo has got a promotion in ISRO itself and now she has attained the rank of director. She is the second Muslim person to do so. Prior to this, former President of the country APJ Abdul Kalam was the only Muslim person in this post.

Dr Rahat Abrar says that whenever Mission Chandrayaan is mentioned, the success story of Aligarh Muslim University student Khushboo Mirza becomes fresh.

The family of Khushboo comes from a famous but small town of Amroha in West UP. The family has been facing all sorts of questions like their beliefs, secular credentials and similar stuff. In a telephonic chat, Khushbu reveals the same alienation. “I am a modern Muslim. I am an engineer, I wear western clothes, but I also read the namaaz five times a day and fast during Ramzaan. I see no incompatibility between these,” she said.

“Our family has been an educated one. Delhi Minorities Commission chairman Kamal Faruqui is our relative. Khushbu’s aunt taught at Welham Boys School at Dehradun. Her cousin Shabana Khan teaches at Mississippi University,” said Farhat Mirza, her mother.

Khushtar says after the Chandrayaan-1 mission, when Khushbu’s picture with President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was printed in a local newspaper, everyone appreciated the choices made by Khushbu and her mother. The entire town came to congratulate the family.

Khushbu is now a big inspiration for the girls of Amroha. Everyone wants their daughters’ to go to school and become like her.

When she is visiting her hometown, Khushbu is invited as the chief guest and speaker in educational institutions. Khushtar and Mehak are also engineers.

ALSO READ-Dr. Tokeer Ahmad shaping futures at Jamia

Categories
Woman

Gram Bharati 2022 : Gathering of women from self-help groups across India

The exhibition was organised at the Adani Corporate House, Ahmedabad, and was inaugurated by Gautam Adani, chairman of the Adani Group, on the first day of Navratri…reports Asian Lite News

The Gram Bharati 2022 exhibition which brought together women from self-help groups across India, housed a wide range of stalls that saw an array of beautiful handicrafts, artefacts, jewelleries, and delicious food products.

For many of these women, the journey has been full of life-altering challenges and extraordinary struggles which they overcame with perseverance, hard work, and dedication. These difficulties taught them to become self-sufficient and rely on learning livelihood skills with the help of organisations like the Adani Foundation.

The recently held Gram Bharati 2022 exhibition, served as a platform to showcase the promising talent of several such remarkable female entrepreneurs.

Various women’s self-help groups from different parts of the country such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, and Madhya Pradesh affiliated with the Adani Foundation participated in this program. However, the handicrafts exhibited by the self-help group hailing from Mundra (Gujarat) were the most talked about.

The exhibition was organised at the Adani Corporate House, Ahmedabad, and was inaugurated by Gautam Adani, chairman of the Adani Group, on the first day of Navratri.

The visionary leader also launched a book, ‘Pragati’, which talks about success stories of 75 female entrepreneurs from Mundra. Also present at the inaugural event was Dr. Priti Adani, chairperson of the Adani Foundation. The power couple was seen visiting the stalls and interacting with the budding entrepreneurs.

Some of the notable handicrafts from the Kutch district that was showcased at the event included the well-known suf bharat embroidery, wall hangings, bags, dresses, lacework, mud work, lamps, frames, Kutch dhadki, pearl work, various woollen products along with several lip-smacking local snacks. The 3-day event witnessed tremendous footfall.

The exhibition also saw women entrepreneurs participating from the hinterland of India. The women of Umarpada village of Surat district presented delicious varieties of bamboo pickles.

These tribal women who have been making bamboo pickles at home for years now are now being professionally trained by various self-help groups and organisations like the Adani Foundation and Mission Mangalam, on how to preserve these pickles for a longer time and commercialize it. They are also trained in making papad, other types of pickles, and spices.

Sugantben and Rajilaben of the Dhanvad self-help group, who presented the products made by these tribal women were elated to be at such a prestigious event. “It’s been a dream come true, to be present at such a large-scale exhibition and we have been getting so many pickle orders.

“It’s heartwarming to witness so much support and we are now certain that this is going to be beneficial for all the 35 members associated with our self-help group.”

Sharing her experience, Nitaben Koka of the Meghdhanush Group, who participated in the event, says, “It’s been an enthralling experience to show our work to such a huge audience and at such a prestigious platform. I’m grateful to the Adani Foundation for giving us this opportunity, which will certainly help us shape ourselves and make our image stronger in society.”

Prajna of Kapaya’s Shraddha Saheli Group adds, “We all were in for a surprise when Gautam Adani sir bought our product after tasting it.

“Undoubtedly it was the most cherished moment for us.”

The Mundra-based self-help group earned more than Rs 1.50 lakhs within two days of the exhibition and were able to secure orders worth around Rs 1 lakh.

Also present at the exhibition were V.S. Gadhavi, executive director, of Adani Foundation, and Chandra Shekhar Gowda, chief operating officer, of Adani Foundation. Along with Rakshit Shah, executive director of the Adani Ports & SEZ (APSEZ), Panktiben Shah, CSR head, Adani Foundation (Mundra), Devalben Gadhvi, Kutch Women’s Empowerment

Project Officer played pivotal roles in making this exhibition a success.

ALSO READ-Fashion for Chitrangda is very classic, simple and straight

Categories
Lite Blogs Woman

‘They are strong-willed and invincible no matter what life throws at them’

Sulu from ‘Tumhari Sulu’: Dia says, “Vidya Balan is one of the bravest actors we have and I can vouch for it because she worked in my production ‘Bobby Jasoos’ and played one of Hindi cinema’s few female detectives…reports Asian Lite News

It is a myth that strong female characters have emerged only in recent times. As actor, producer, investor and climate champion, Dia Mirza points out, they have been around since the inception of Hindi cinema. She says, “I remember watching V Shantaram’s 1959 film ‘Duniya Na Maane’ on Doordarshan as a child and being mesmerised by the great Shanta Apte. She played a rebellious young woman who refuses to accept a forced marriage to an older man and does not sacrifice her happiness despite being pressured to do so. Films like ‘Arth’, ‘Bhumika’, ‘Subah’, ‘Sparsh’ and ‘Mirch Masala’ further expanded the space occupied by a Hindi film heroine. Even in a purely commercial space, stars like Nargis, Meena Kumari, Rekha, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, and so many others have commanded equal footing as their male counterparts and played strong uncompromising characters.”

In recent times too, Dia has loved many female protagonists on the big and small screen and says, “The reason why I like them is that they are strong-willed and invincible no matter what life throws at them. Women who tend to find their own way on and off the screen inspire me.” Here is her pick of some memorable female characters:

Sulu from ‘Tumhari Sulu’: Dia says, “Vidya Balan is one of the bravest actors we have and I can vouch for it because she worked in my production ‘Bobby Jasoos’ and played one of Hindi cinema’s few female detectives. In ‘Tumhari Sulu’, she plays a very ordinary homemaker but what makes her extraordinary is her self-belief because that is what transforms her life. The scene where she dances to a Sridevi song very subtly shows how women can inspire each other to realise their dreams. It was such a lovely, empowering moment.”

Vidya Vincent from ‘Sherni’: “As someone who has worked over many years for the environment and is deeply concerned about issues like deforestation and compromised animal habitats, this film touched me deeply,” says Dia and adds, “The themes of ecofeminism and environmental empathy in collision with entrenched patriarchy and administrative corruption are very new to Hindi cinema. Vidya played a straight-backed idealistic forest officer in the film and I rooted for her and the tiger mom she was trying to protect, all through.”

Shabana from ‘Naam Shabana’: This film is about a tragedy-scarred young girl who becomes a field agent to deal with her past and manages to avenge the murder of a loved one. Dia says, “I loved working with Taapsee Pannu in ‘Thappad’ and ‘Naam Shabana’ was one of the first films of hers that I watched and loved. I really liked the fact that she is not treated as a victim but a hero in the film. Issues like eve-teasing and domestic abuse were also dealt with so well and the film powerfully showed how much courage women are capable of even in the most horrific circumstances.”

Kainaaz from ‘Kaafir’: This web television series on ZEE5 told the poignant story of a displaced woman played by Dia herself, and the actor says, “I play Kainaaz in ‘Kaafir’, a woman from Pakistan-administered Kashmir who ends up on the Indian side of the Line-of-Control (LOC), is mistaken as a militant and imprisoned. She spends seven years in incarceration and even gives birth to a daughter and her courage astounded me because women, though most vulnerable in volatile situations, also display the most resilience. It was an absolute honour to play this character and to live and breathe her extraordinary journey.”

Piku: “I know from experience that after a certain stage in life, the roles of parents and children are reversed and you end taking care of those who once devoted their lives to you,” says Dia and adds, “This is why I loved ‘Piku’ because it explores this shift with such affection, wit, ease and simplicity. This is not a film that preaches subservience to parents or guilt-trips children. In fact, Deepika Padukone’s Piku is such an irreverent daughter, and yet her devotion to her father is unshakable. This was such a realistic film that makes you laugh and cry and makes you see life through the gaze of a very spunky and yet sensitive woman.”

ALSO READ-90% Indians want greater women role at climate talks

Categories
Africa News India News Woman

10 Emirati women reach Kilimanjaro peak

Upon their arrival at the peak, the women hoisted the UAE flag, after a challenging six-day journey…reports Asian Lite News

Ten Emirati women have completed the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, located in northeastern Tanzania, with a height of 5,895 metres above sea level, as part of a trip organised by Majalis Abu Dhabi to celebrate Emirati Women’s Day.

Upon their arrival at the peak, the women hoisted the UAE flag, after a challenging six-day journey.

This trip serves as a testament to strong will of Emirati women and their ability to overcome various challenges. It also aims to spread positive values, such as teamwork, determination and fearlessness in achieving goals, among women.

ALSO READ-New incentives for Emirati SMEs unveiled

Categories
-Top News Afghanistan Woman

Taliban violently disperse women protest in Kabul

Social media images showed Taliban forces firing warning shots and physically assaulting the women to disperse their gathering in the heart of the city

A peaceful protest by dozens of women who were marching in the streets of Kabul on Saturday chanting “food, work, and freedom” was attacked and stopped by Taliban forces.

Social media images showed Taliban forces firing warning shots and physically assaulting the women to disperse their gathering in the heart of the city, reports dpa news agency.

Another video clip showed a small group of women cornered by the Taliban in a closed place.

“We are inside a drug store, they have imprisoned us here,” an activist said in one of the videos.

The protesters also chanted that they are tired of discrimination against women.

As the one-year anniversary of the Taliban regime gets closer, women are once again on the streets to denounce the restrictions imposed by the regime on their rights to education, work and freedom of movement.

Since returning to power in August 2021, the Taliban have curtailed basic women’s rights and those who have protested have been suppressed.

No country has recognised the Taliban’s de facto government.

ALSO READ: One year since Taliban ended Afghan hopes

Categories
Lite Blogs UAE News Woman

SHE STEMS to prepare Omani women for nation’s manufacturing 

Emphasizing hands-on skills development and on-the-job training, SHE STEMS aims to prepare more Omani women for the nation’s manufacturing and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sectors…reports Asian Lite News

Believing in the importance of joint work between the public and private sectors, as well as emphasizing the principle of integration between the service units of the state’s administrative apparatus, and in order to achieve the objectives of Oman’s Vision 2040, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MoHERI) on Tuesday 9 August 2022 signed the SHE STEMS social development program agreement with Oman Cables Industry (OCI) and the Ministry of Labour (MoL).

The program was signed on behalf of MoHERI by Her Excellency Dr. Rahma Ibrahim Al-Mahrooqi – Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation; for the MoL by the Ministry’s Undersecretary for Human Resources Development Salim bin Musallam al Busaidi; and for OCI by the company’s CEO Cinzia Farisè.

Emphasizing hands-on skills development and on-the-job training, SHE STEMS aims to prepare more Omani women for the nation’s manufacturing and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sectors.

Registration in the program starts in September 2020 with a first cohort of 20 Omani women who will attend an extensive 6-month practical “Operating Maintenance” course certified by MoHERI. The training will be supervised by a number of highly proficient, qualified instructors. Upon completion, each participant will receive a SHE STEMS certificate recognized by MoHERI.

The eligibility criteria for participants are: Omani nationals aged between 18 to 28 years who are registered as job seekers with the Ministry of Labour, and who have a General Education Diploma as a minimum academic qualification. (It should be noted that this training will not be applicable if the candidate has attended other training supported by the Oman government). For enrollment, interested parties apply through omancables.com/careers before August 25th, 2022.

Speaking about the SHE STEMS program, Her Excellency Dr. Rahma Ibrahim Al-Mahrooqi stressed the importance of engaging all vital sectors in the effort to achieve the goals of the nation’s comprehensive development plans, and to implement Oman’s ambitious Vision 2040 with regard to building promising national employees in all fields. Her Excellency Al-Mahrooqi explained that she valued OCI’s initiative in collaboration with the MoHERI and MoL, which would serve to develop the skills of Omani women, and open new horizons for them in the labour market.

Her Excellency Al-Mahrooqi also indicated the Ministry’s keenness to cooperate with many sectors to ensure the quality of programs directed at female graduates and job seekers is maintained. This would ensure that participants receive high quality practical skills and work ethics, which would qualify and empower them to compete in local and international labour markets.

Underlining its support for SHE STEMS, the Ministry of Labour affirmed its full readiness to cooperate in this qualitative program and to provide the necessary support and incentives to contribute to the upgrading of human resources in the Sultanate of Oman.

According to Cinzia Farisè, CEO of Oman Cables Industry, the SHE STEMS program is considered an important milestone in OCI’s social ambition to support the local community. “We are very pleased and honored to launch this program in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and the Ministry of Labour. SHE STEMS forms part of a global initiative that has been molded, initiated, and launched within the Sultanate of Oman. This is an exciting program that aligns closely with OCI’s stated values of Innovation, Empowerment, and Excellence. We are confident that it will attract and empower more Omani unemployed women to achieve excellence in their individual career fields within Oman,” Cinzia Farisè explained.

The CEO added: “As part of the Prysmian Group, OCI is launching SHE STEMS as a joint amalgamation with Prysmian’s sustainability development strategy and goals, and within the framework of the Prysmian Social Ambition 2030 objectives of Diversity; Equality and Inclusion; Digital Inclusion; Community Empowerment; and Employee Engagement & Upskilling.”

ALSO READ-CSIR gets first woman Director-General

Categories
Lite Blogs Woman

Nike to empower women during phases of pregnancy and beyond

Motherhood’s chronology frequently continues past nine months. In reality, managing motherhood from before conception through pregnancy and postpartum can take up to 10 years for many women who have more than one kid…reports Asian Lite News

Mothers are the best endurance athletes, among many other things. Nike (M), which was first introduced in 2020, has now been expanded to empower women worldwide throughout all phases of pregnancy and beyond.

Nike (M), exemplifies the brand’s inclusive design ethos, was developed by analysing data from more than 150,000 comparative scans of pregnant and non-pregnant women. Nearly 30 female athletes who were pregnant or postpartum provided extensive feedback on fit, feel, and functionality to designers throughout the design process.

Nike Dri-FIT (M) Tank Nike Dri-FIT (M) Pullover

“Being a mother isn’t a one size fits all role, and we applied that mindset with our inclusive design approach while creating the Nike (M) collection,” says Carmen Zolman, Nike VP of Innovation Apparel Design. “The more we listened to expecting mothers and postpartum mothers, the more we learned and reworked the capsule to fully support her relationship with sport and movement during such a transformative time in her life.”

Undoubtedly, one of the most significant life-altering bodily experiences is giving birth. Every mom’s journey and recovery is unique, whether she is a biological mom, surrogate mom, adoptive mom, adoptive stepmom, or another type of mom. Motherhood’s chronology frequently continues past nine months. In reality, managing motherhood from before conception through pregnancy and postpartum can take up to 10 years for many women who have more than one kid.

Nike Dri-FIT Swoosh (M) Bra

It can be challenging for expectant and new mothers to find the support they require to find sport and continue to move around after giving birth, as motherhood also marks a new chapter in a woman’s relationship with her body and with sport. The brand was created and tested for moms, by mothers, so that she may move anyway she pleased during the duration of her pregnancy.

ALSO READ-Nike New Advert Fuels Hope