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Study: Women Leaders Thrive in Family Businesses

This leadership style aligns more closely with Western gender norms that characterize women as more empathetic and cooperative and men as more competitive and aggressive…reports Asian Lite News

Family firms account for more than 70 per cent of the global GDP, and poll statistics reveal that they are significantly more accepting of female leadership: up to 55 per cent have at least one woman on their board, and 70% are considering a woman as their next CEO. Experts attribute the outlier gender parity to a focus on long-term plans or family values.
But a new study, published in the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, suggests that women’s success as leaders in family businesses is deeply rooted in how employees interpret their leadership style.

“Family firms tend to focus on being inclusive and supportive of internal stakeholders, extending the sense of ‘family’ and community,” says Remedios Hernandez-Linares of the Universidad de Extremadura in Spain and one of the study’s authors. “This culture creates a moderating effect for women leaders — their leadership is perceived as relationship-building and values dissemination.”

This leadership style aligns more closely with Western gender norms that characterize women as more empathetic and cooperative and men as more competitive and aggressive. The authors note, however, that women leaders at family businesses are not necessarily more impactful because they conform to gender norms. They thrive because their businesses’ strategies emphasize areas where women are traditionally seen as competent.

“CEOs influence employees’ behaviors via modeling, and leaders who are more credible and legitimate are more effective role models,” says Maria Concepcion Lopez-Fernandez of Universidad de Cantabria in Spain, another of the study’s authors. “Perceived incongruity between female gender roles and leadership roles can lead to prejudice and bias against female leaders.”

The authors specifically dug into how CEOs foster entrepreneurship, a highly masculinized business behavior, within their business culture. They conducted regression analysis on survey data from 322 Spanish small businesses, 198 classified as family firms and 133 as nonfamily. Women represented 20 percent of the CEOs. CEOs ranked their business’s performance on five entrepreneurial traits: risk-taking, innovation, proactiveness, competitiveness, and autonomy. The survey also measured key aspects of social learning at each business, including commitment to learning, shared vision, and open-mindedness.

The analysis showed no direct effect of CEO sex on entrepreneurial orientation, and all aspects of social learning were positively related to entrepreneurship. However, there were marked differences based on CEO sex and whether the organization was a family business.
“It is not male or female leadership per se that predicts a firm’s entrepreneurial orientation, but rather, whether the male or female CEO is leading a family or nonfamily business,” says Kimberly A Eddleston of Northeastern, the study’s third author. “Women leaders at family firms better leverage their business’s commitment to learning and open-mindedness to support entrepreneurship than women leaders at nonfamily firms.”

“Our study therefore suggests that while women have an advantage leading family businesses, gender biases hamper female leaders’ ability to transform learning into greater entrepreneurial orientation in nonfamily business,” added Franz Kellermanns of UNC Charlotte, the study’s final author. The study gives greater context to decades of conflicting research that demonstrates a multitude of business benefits associated with female leadership but also slower growth and lower profits. The key may lie in culture — women can create more impact at businesses that emphasize at least some more traditionally feminine values. The authors also advise that couching their leadership styles in empathy and relationship-building can also help make women business leaders more effective. (ANI)

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Alarming Surge in Sexual Violence Against Women in Lahore

City Division and Sadar Division ranked first and second with eight incidents of mass sexual violence against women and minor girls, respectively…reports Asian Lite News

The incidents of sexual violence against women in Lahore, Pakistan have witnessed a rise.

According to Nai Baat, a Pakistani Urdu newspaper, at least 854 incidents took place in eleven months of this year and the Gender Crime Cell could not achieve any significant success in arresting the accused.

According to police records, 711 incidents of sexual violence against women occurred in six divisions of Lahore during the eleven months of this year, said Nai Baat.

In cases of sexual violence against women, the Cant. Division ranks first with 241 cases, and the Sadar Division ranks second with 197 cases. Model Town Division was third with 139 incidents, Iqbal Town Division was fourth with 57 incidents, Civil Lines Division was fifth with 52 incidents and City Division was sixth with 45 incidents.

City Division and Sadar Division ranked first and second with eight incidents of mass sexual violence against women and minor girls, respectively.

Model Town Division was third with six incidents; Iqbal Town Division was fourth with four incidents; Cant Division and Civil Lines Division were fifth and sixth with three incidents. In cases of sexual violence against young girls, Sadar Division ranks first with 30 cases.

Cant. Division and Model Town Division are second and third, with 22 incidents each. Iqbal Town Division stood fourth with 20 incidents; the City Division stood fifth with 12 incidents; and the Civil Lines Division stood sixth with 5 incidents.

Earlier last week, villagers set ablaze the wheat shortage facility of a farmer who allowed his daughter to study and ride a motorcycle with her younger brothers to school in Ratodero town of Larkana district in Sindh province of Pakistan, The Express Tribune reported on Monday.

It reported that the incident took place in Zangeja village, within the limits of Lashari police station on Sunday.

Aushaq Zangejo alleged that he was threatened by the villagers to stop his daughter Zainab Zangejo from riding the motorbike but he did not pay heed to their warnings.

The girl told the local media that she goes to her high school in Ratodero on the bike and her confidence is disliked in the village. (ANI)

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KASHMIRI WOMEN: Breaking Barriers for Social and Financial Independence

It was quite unlikely for women in Kashmir a few years ago to stand up to patriarchy and start their own businesses. Social media and different government schemes played a crucial role in the transformation …writes Dr Sakariya Kareem  

Women in Kashmir appear to have made significant progress in achieving social and financial empowerment as they are overcoming barriers and creating employment opportunities. Now they are involved in activities ranging from manufacturing to selling local products to working in factories to becoming entrepreneur. Revocation of the Article 370 of the Indian constitution four years ago seems to have had a positive impact of the people of Kashmir. It even led to a decline in Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir. Now there is peace and Kashmiris are living normal life. They are getting well-aligned with the national life and governance, allowing them to reap benefits of the impressive economic growth India is recording.  

Women in Baramulla district which once was infested with Pakistan-backed militant activities now have started jam-making business. Humaira Mohideen represents the story of the resilience and determination of Kashmiri women, who have turned a traditional jam-making process into a brand. “This initiative has given us a chance to support our families and contribute to the local economy. It feels amazing to have a source of income that we can proudly call our own,” she said.   It was quite unlikely for women in Kashmir a few years ago to stand up to patriarchy and start their own businesses. Social media and different government schemes played a crucial role in the transformation.  

Ruhi Jan is among 30 women who travel by bus to work in the Pashmina shawl manufacturing factory. “For ages, women spinners in Kashmir have been used to working from home. It impacted their efficiency, output and earnings. (Factory) is now providing them with safe working environment and better wages,” she said.   Srinagar resident Nava Shah took inspiration from social media to start her pickle business, which gets 70 percent of orders through Instagram. Now she has expansion plans. “We will go into retail business. This will also help us to provide an employment opportunity to Kashmiris who are well qualified but jobless,” she said.               

Kashmir’s Handicrafts and Handloom Department has established a training centre to learn copperware. These women are even provided with a monthly stipend of INR 1,000. Tahmeena Manzoor, a trainee, said “For many of us, this amount means a lot. It is something we don’t have to ask for. It ensures our self-reliance and we see this as our first step towards financial independence and empowerment.”

Now there are women entrepreneurs in Kashmir, who are trying their hands at retail shopping, handicrafts, agriculture, and hospitality, among others. Farzana Gulzar, an associate professor at the University of Kashmir’s Management Studies, said Kashmiri women seek to become financially independent and thus come up with innovative ideas in order to become entrepreneurs. “The women in business trend is on the incline in Kashmir. For centuries, women have battled a stereotype that involves staying home to cook, clean and care for the family. However, a new generation of young female entrepreneurs are overcoming all the challenges,” Gulzar said.  

The government of India is building a women entrepreneur ecosystem to connect, collaborate, and invent for scaling up businesses and building a strong women workforce. Dilshada Bano from North Kashmir received financial assistance under a government scheme named Jammu & Kashmir State Rural Livelihood Mission (JKSRLM). This helped her set up a milk processing unit. Mahmoona Akthar started a mushroom farm with the help JKSRLM after her husband died in an accident. “I decided to stand on my own feet and do something for my family,” she said.       Two Kashmir women raised funding of INR 5 million and INR 2.5 million at an event that was held in collaboration with the New Delhi government. Rahul Narvekar, CEO of start-up platform The India Network, said Kashmiri entrepreneurships’ passion to achieve their goals was inspiring. ”I am truly impressed by the remarkable energy and unwavering determination exhibited by these women entrepreneurs,” he said.   During its recent presidency of G20, the government attempted to open up opportunities for employment and livelihood generation by showcasing millet delicacies and products like handicrafts and pottery to foreign guests. According to the government, the aim was to give exposure to international standards to the Self-Help Group (SHG) women and reinforce the spirit of strength & resilience.

Despite the history of terrorism-led violence and limited access to basic facilities, Kashmiri women have shown remarkable resilience and courage in overcoming the obstacles to their empowerment, said local political activist Safina Baig.  

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World Bank Grants $210M to Bangladesh For Women, Children

The project will contribute to early childhood development by supporting the expansion and strengthening of the government’s existing social protection program…reports Asian Lite News

The World Bank has approved 210 million U.S. dollars for a Bangladeshi project to provide cash transfers and counseling services to improve nutrition and directly benefit about 1.7 million pregnant women and mothers of children under four years in vulnerable households.

Under current education and health systems, a child born in Bangladesh would only be 46 percent as productive as they could potentially be, Abdoulaye Seck, World Bank country director for Bangladesh and Bhutan, said in a statement Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

“But this can be changed. Ensuring adequate nutrition prenatally and in the first 1,000 days of life, and responsive caregiving throughout childhood, help maximize a child’s brain development and health. This enables them to be more productive and earn more when they grow up. The project will help poor mothers be informed on timely and appropriate care for their children and provide income support to act on that learning to improve their children’s health and wellbeing,” said Seck.

Despite significant gains in human development, poor nutrition and learning poverty among children remain a pressing challenge in Bangladesh and were exacerbated during COVID-19 lockdowns.

This has long-term implications for children’s cognitive development and their future productivity. The project will contribute to early childhood development by supporting the expansion and strengthening of the government’s existing social protection program, the Mother and Child Benefit Program.

Local currency card

Bangladesh on Wednesday launched a local currency card, Taka Pay, the first of its kind in the country, as part of its efforts to build a cashless society.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inaugurated Taka Pay from her official residence Ganabhaban in capital Dhaka, reports Xinhua news agency.

The card will be issued by the state-owned Sonali Bank and the privately-owned City Bank and Brac Bank in collaboration with the central bank of Bangladesh.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Hasina said this card will be a groundbreaking step for building a cashless society in Bangladesh.

She said as an independent and sovereign country, Bangladesh’s financial system has to be independent and sovereign to reduce dependency on others.

“We must not be dependent on any single hard currency,” she said.

The Prime Minister also stressed the need for data security for every holder of the newly introduced debit card.

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Emirati Doctor is First Arab Woman Chief of IHF

Dr. Tahlak’s election as president of International Hospital Federation (IHF) is a major milestone for the UAE on the global healthcare front.

 The International Hospital Federation (IHF), a global organisation dedicated to advancing and promoting excellence in healthcare delivery and management worldwide, announced that it has elected Emirati Dr. Muna Tahlak, Chief Medical Officer of Dubai Academic Health Corporation (DAHC), Vice Provost Clinical Practice of Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), and CEO of Latifa Hospital for Women and Children, as President of the Federation during the World Hospital Congress in Lisbon.

Dr. Tahlak’s election is a major milestone for the UAE on the global healthcare front. As the first Arab woman and Emirati to hold this esteemed position, it underscores the country’s commitment to advancing women’s roles across diverse fields and promoting excellence in the healthcare sector. This achievement also marks a remarkable moment in the IHF’s history, with Dr. Tahlak assuming the highest international position ever held within the organisation.

The IHF Governing Council voted to elect Dr. Tahlak as the new IHF President. In doing so, Dr. Tahlak ends her term as President Designate and begins her two-year term as President of the IHF, succeeding Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, President, and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Tahlak expressed her gratitude and honour on being appointed, stating, “I extend my heartfelt appreciation to our visionary leadership for their unwavering commitment to empowering women. Emirati women have consistently excelled in diverse high-ranking roles across various domains. Our nation has also consistently offered abundant opportunities to foster the progress and specialisation of Emirati women, particularly within the medical field.

“This win highlights not only Emirati women’s progress but also reflects the leading position of UAE’s health sector. I am honoured to represent the UAE and fellow Emirati women on such an important global platform,” she added.

Dr. Tahlak also noted that her work with the IHF over the past seven years has provided her with a platform to showcase the exemplary work of the UAE’s hospitals and the invaluable contributions of Emirati women on a global scale.

Dr. Amer Sharif, CEO of Dubai Academic Health Corporation, congratulated Dr. Tahlak on her appointment, emphasising her exceptional leadership, expertise, and remarkable contributions to the healthcare system in Dubai and beyond. He also expressed his pride in Dr. Tahlak’s accomplishments and the recognition she brings to the exceptional talent of Emirati women on the global stage.

“This is an incredibly proud moment for the entire healthcare sector in the UAE. Emirati women have consistently excelled across various domains, particularly in the medical field, making substantial contributions to the nation’s growth and development. Dr. Tahlak’s leadership and dedication play a crucial role in fulfilling DAHC’s mission to impact lives and shape the future of health through the integration of care, learning, discovery, and giving,” he said.

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‘Women at the Forefront of Climate Change’s Impact’

Under a worst-case climate scenario by mid-century, up to 158.3 million more women and girls could be driven into poverty globally, surpassing the number of men and boys affected by 16 million….reports Asian Lite News

If unchecked, climate change will significantly increase women’s vulnerability to poverty and hunger, undermining hard-won development gains, according to a UN report.

“Globally, by mid-century, under a worst-case climate scenario, climate change may push up to 158.3 million more women and girls into poverty (16 million more than the total number of men and boys). Food insecurity is projected to increase by as much as 236 million more women and girls, compared to 131 million more men and boys,” said the “Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals:

The gender snapshot 2023″, the latest edition in the annual series produced by United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and launched in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

”Investments in a comprehensive SDG stimulus package would help to mitigate this effect, reducing the number of women falling into extreme poverty from 158.3 million to 43.3 million. But the impact will still be less than what could be achieved if the world abates climate change now, before it gets exponentially worse.

A recent review of national climate action plans, known as nationally determined contributions, found that only 55 have specific climate adaptation measures referring to gender equality and only 23 recognize women as agents of change in accelerating progress on climate commitments. Multi-sectoral plans and efforts to respond to climate change must prioritize women and girls most at risk.

A lot more is also needed in the areas of conservation, disaster preparedness, adaptation and resilience, including expanding women’s access to quality health, education, economic opportunities and information,” the report noted.

“Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2023” presents the latest evidence on gender equality across all 17 Goals, including prevailing trends and gaps on the road to 2030. The report calls for an integrated and holistic approach to advancing gender equality, including via greater multistakeholder collaboration and targeted and sustained funding in support of the gender equality agenda. Failure to scale up and invest in gender equality now will place the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in peril. (ANI/WAM)

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Sheikh Hasina’s Vision for a Gender-Equitable Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government has taken significant strides to enhance women’s participation in politics, ensuring their voices are heard at all levels of governance…reports Asian Lite News

Bangladesh, a country nestled in South Asia, has been making significant strides in the realm of women’s empowerment and gender equality, largely due to the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Her relentless efforts and strategic policies have played a pivotal role in uplifting the status of women, promoting their active participation in various sectors, and fostering an environment of gender inclusivity.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has implemented a series of policies and initiatives aimed at breaking down barriers that hindered women’s progress. One such groundbreaking policy is the National Women Development Policy, which underscores the government’s commitment to gender mainstreaming and creating an enabling environment for women to thrive in all aspects of society.

Recognizing education as the cornerstone of empowerment, Prime Minister Hasina has focused on enhancing educational opportunities for girls. The ‘Girl’s Stipend Program’ and ‘Kishoree Kontha’ initiative have incentivized female education, ensuring girls can access quality education and build a strong foundation for their future.

Furthermore, initiatives like ‘Skills for Employment Investment Program’ and ‘Women in IT’ programs have been instrumental in imparting skill development, enabling women to participate actively in the workforce and entrepreneurial ventures.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government has taken significant strides to enhance women’s participation in politics, ensuring their voices are heard at all levels of governance. The reserved seats for women in the parliament and local government bodies have boosted their representation, thus amplifying their role in shaping the nation’s policies and strategies.

Bangladesh has seen a substantial increase in women’s participation in the workforce across various sectors. The government’s efforts to promote women entrepreneurs through easier access to loans, training, and market linkages have empowered countless women to establish their businesses and contribute to the nation’s economy.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has also prioritized addressing violence against women and ensuring their safety. The establishment of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunals and the National Helpline for Violence against Women and Children showcase the government’s commitment to creating a safe environment for women.

In essence, Bangladesh, under the steadfast leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has witnessed a paradigm shift in promoting gender equality and empowering women. The strides made in education, political representation, economic participation, and safety initiatives have set a positive trajectory, demonstrating the power of visionary leadership and commitment to fostering an egalitarian society. With continued dedication and focused efforts, Bangladesh is poised to elevate its position on the global stage as a beacon of gender equality and empowerment.

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Afghan Women Seek New Avenues of Empowerment

Another inspiring figure in this narrative is Jamila Amiri, who continues to work outside her home despite the limitations imposed by the Taliban…reports Asian Lite News

Despite the oppressive restrictions imposed by the Taliban since their return to power, Afghan entrepreneur Sima Noorzadeh has been a beacon of hope, providing employment opportunities for numerous women in her country. Noorzadeh’s story is a testament to the resilience and determination of Afghan women in the face of adversity.

Seven years ago, Sima Noorzadeh founded an agency specializing in wedding ceremonies in Afghanistan, alongside a group of women. In a society where women’s opportunities have been increasingly limited, she has managed to create countless job opportunities for young girls and women, catering to the demand for their services.

Noorzadeh acknowledges the psychological toll that recent limitations and unemployment have taken on Afghan women. She emphasizes that addressing female unemployment not only alleviates the emotional distress of countless individuals but also contributes to the overall prosperity of society, as reported by Khaama Press News Agency.

As the manager of a wedding ceremonies office in Herat, Noorzadeh has first-hand experience of the restrictions that have impacted wedding halls and people’s freedom of movement. She calls on other women to explore career opportunities in fields like flower arrangement and tailoring, urging them to break the cycle of isolation caused by unemployment.

Another inspiring figure in this narrative is Jamila Amiri, who continues to work outside her home despite the limitations imposed by the Taliban. As the sole provider of income for her family, she exemplifies the resilience of Afghan women in the face of adversity.

The rise of the Taliban government has led to significant job losses and severe limitations on labor, education, and women’s engagement in Afghanistan. According to Richard Bennett, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for Afghanistan, more than 60,000 women have lost their jobs due to these restrictions.

Since the Taliban’s return to power in 2021, Afghan women have faced numerous challenges, including the denial of access to education, employment, and public spaces. A recent report by Care International revealed that a shocking 80 percent of school-going-age Afghan girls and young women are currently denied access to education under the Taliban regime. Girls above grade six have been prohibited from attending schools for over two years, with uncertainty looming over when these doors will reopen.

Sima Noorzadeh, Jamila Amiri, and countless other resilient Afghan women continue to defy the odds, offering a glimmer of hope in the midst of adversity. Their determination to empower themselves and others is a testament to the indomitable spirit of Afghan women in the face of adversity.

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PCOS Affects 60% of Women in the 25-34 Age Group

Irregular periods with scanty flow were experienced by 76% of women. Nearly half of women resort to using fewer than 5 pads throughout their entire period cycle; whereas a healthy menstrual flow requires the use of a minimum of 10 to 12 pads per cycle…reports Asian Lite News

In a recent groundbreaking endeavour, Gynoveda.com, the World’s first Ayurveda FemTech brand, conducted India’s largest Period Health Study. The survey saw responses from over 3 lakh women across the country in the age bracket of 18 to 45 years, who were categorised into 3 groups based on prevalence, severity and bodily changes. The first group included  women with Menstrual Disorders, which constituted a staggering 70% of total respondents. The second group noted women with Vaginal Disorders (26%) who had challenges concerning their vaginal well-being, which encompassed discomfort, infections, or irregularities affecting their overall vaginal health and quality of life. The third group included a total of 4% of the respondents who face no disorders.

The Pan India survey highlights findings based on age and incidence of PCOS, its prevalence, other disorders including irregular periods, pain severity during periods, and the observed bodily changes faced among the respondents.

Deep Diving into the key findings from the report:

Age Group and Incidences of PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) isn’t bound by age — it’s a disorder that affects women across their journey. As per the survey, 60% of women in the age group of 25 to 34 have PCOS. What came out very glaringly was that 51% of women in the less than 24 yrs age group have PCOS. However, what makes this more worrisome is the fact that PCOS affects women’s fertility to a great extent. As per detailed research by the National Institute of Health (Government of India), the prevalence of infertility in women with PCOS varies between 70% to 80%.

Prevalence of PCOS and Other Hormonal Disorders

PCOS is not the only gynaecological disorder wreaking havoc on the women of our country; the data suggests that whilst 54% of women suffered from PCOS, the second leading menstrual disorder is PID, affecting 17% of the female population. Furthermore, 9% suffered from Candidiasis, 5% from Fibroid & 1% from Endometrial Hyperplasia.

Irregularity and Pain Severity During Periods

When surveyed regarding pain during the menstrual cycle, over 83% of Indian women have periods that are painful, which compels them to consume painkillers every month. 58% complained about mild and bearable pain, 25% complained about severe pain and only 17% reported no pain during the course of their periods.

Irregular periods with scanty flow were experienced by 76% of women. Nearly half of women resort to using fewer than 5 pads throughout their entire period cycle; whereas a healthy menstrual flow requires the use of a minimum of 10 to 12 pads per cycle.

Major Body Changes Faced by Women with PCOS

While dealing with PCOS, women also go through major body issues. Excessive weight gain was observed in 60% of women, closely followed by facial hair growth (Hirsutism) noted to be in 59% of women. Skin issues like Acne were observed in 55% of the women whereas pigmentation and other hormonal skin issues were seen in 51% of respondents. Due to certain defined health and beauty standards in society, these issues become a cause of mental and emotional distress in them.

Rachana Gupta, Co-founder at Gynoveda, who led the research opines, “The strategically designed period test complemented by the insights from doctors, customers, and respondents ensures accuracy and efficacy. By utilising the insights from this test and combining with Ayurvedic formulations and doctor support, Gynoveda has remarkably impacted over 200,000 lives in just 3 years since its inception and aims to continue the exceptional community work.”

Dr Aarati Patil, Chief Ayurveda Gynecologist at Gynoveda, shares that, “Ayurveda considers PCOS as Kapha disorder. Faulty diet and lifestyle habits like lack of exercise, day sleeping, including more sugar, fast food, junk food, and packaged food in the diet lead to excessive Kapha production. Excessive kapha affects digestion and poor digestion gives rise to AMA which can be considered as sticky toxins that block the channels in the ovary. These blockages affect the egg growth and that is how PCOS pathology starts as per Ayurveda.”

At the heart of Gynoveda’s mission lies the empowerment of women, embarking on a transformative journey to combat PCOS. This pivotal mission embarks with an intricate exploration into the multifaceted challenges these women encounter, illuminating a path toward comprehensive well-being. Guided by symptom mapping, Gynoveda ushers in a paradigm shift, steering away from conventional norms towards sustainable, nature-inspired period health.

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‘Noor – Dreams Empowered’ organized for underprivileged women

The event’s agenda encompassed an array of meaningful activities, including a super specialty medical screening camp, health awareness sessions, and basic life support training…reports Asian Lite News

Emirati Aster Volunteers working with Aster DM Healthcare stepped forward to conduct a health and wellness programme for 50 underprivileged women supported by Emirates Red Crescent. The event named “Noor – Dreams Empowered” was held at Al Mankhool Library and recognized the indomitable spirit of women who have triumphed over adversities to carve out remarkable paths for themselves. The event was inaugurated by a distinguished panel, including Ms. Afra Obaid Al Rumaithi, from Dubai Police; Dr. Juwairia Al Ali, representing Rashid Hospital; Dr. Shanila Laiju, Chief Executive Officer of Medcare Hospitals & Medical Centers in the UAE; and Ms. Meaad Ali, a Volunteer from the UAE Red Crescent.

The event’s agenda encompassed an array of meaningful activities, including a super specialty medical screening camp, health awareness sessions, and basic life support training. These sessions were aimed at equipping participants with essential health insights and life-saving skills, thereby further strengthening their ability to navigate life’s challenges.

In addition to the health-focused activities, the event was filled with cultural activities that provided a platform for women to express their creativity and celebrate their diverse cultural heritage. An entertainment session added a joyful touch to the proceedings, offering moments of relaxation and camaraderie.

Ms. Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare, commented on the significance of the event, saying, “Emirati Women’s Day is a momentous occasion to acknowledge the remarkable accomplishments of women from UAE who have defied odds and set examples for others to follow. As such it is wonderful to see our Emirati Asterian workforce take the lead in celebrating strength and determination and empowering other women in need to take better care of their own health and well-being. As an organization, we are committed to enable their career path by providing the right opportunities for growth and development.”

Aster DM Healthcare is organizing an inspirational session for their female Emirati workforce by bringing on board Ms. Salama Mohammed – Entrepreneur and Content Creator and Ms. Salma Al Baloushi – First Emirati Female First Officer at Etihad Airways on 28th August – Emirati Women’s Day. Under the theme ‘Together for a Better Tomorrow’, the event would see these inspirational leaders joined by Ms. Alisha Moopen and Ms. Fara Siddiqi – Group Chief Human Resources Officer, Aster DM Healthcare, sharing their life’s journey and important learnings to help shape the Asterian leaders of tomorrow.  

About Aster Volunteers, the global CSR programme of Aster DM Healthcare

Aster Volunteers programme, the global corporate social responsibility initiative of Aster DM Healthcare, was launched on occasion of the company’s 30th anniversary in 2017 and provides a platform which bridges the gap between people who would like to help with those in need. Driven by Aster DM Foundation, through various initiatives, the programme has been able to impact 4.48 million+ lives across geographies. Aster Volunteers have been able to treat close to a million individuals through mobile medical camps; 230,569 people have benefitted from Basic Life Support (BLS) awareness trainings and 53,426 free surgeries as well as clinical investigations were conducted; supported with the recruitment of 142 differently abled people of determination and treated 813,618 people through medical camps. The aid programme in Somaliland, Jordan, Bangladesh, Yemen and India has benefitted 304,380 people.

Aster Volunteers have also been at the forefront of the battle against COVID – 19 and has impacted 2 million+ lives through various social activities.

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