Pakistan Association Dubai launches forum to Empower Women Khaleej Times
Eminent women personalities – Laila Al Jassmi, former CEO of health policy and strategy sector at the Dubai Health Authority, and Naghmana Ahmed Amjad Ali, wife of Pakistani Consul-General in Dubai – attended the launch of the Ladies’ Wing of the Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD). Skill development workshops, educational and Islamic courses, charity bazaars and fun gala events are some of the events in pipeline under the women’s wing, said Sadaf Ather, vice-president of the PAD. The community platform will showcase women’s creativity, talents and help them overcome challenges through discussions.
“We, women living in the UAE, are in dire need of coming together and sharing our feelings, ideas, skills and talents. To learn what we need and teach what we know. That’s why our primary goal is to connect so that you can galvanise the community and work on social causes together. There is already a vibrant community of female leaders and entrepreneurs in the UAE. We want all of them to join us,” Ather said addressing the audience during the launch.
“‘Calligraphy and henna designing classes are offered under the summer programme. In October, the forum will host a one-day workshop titled ‘Living Healthy In A Sunnah Way’. Professional health coaches will be conducting the workshop exclusively for women. The forum will host a Ladies’ gala day on November 23. It will also conduct a two-day family conference on March 7 and 8 next year to help deal with domestic issues and promote a peaceful home environment,” she added.
“We believe women are the ‘real architects’ of society and play a pivotal role in making it a productive society. Hence, we formed the ladies forum not only to socialise but also will give them space to hone themselves with new talents. It will serve as a training ground to unleash hidden talents and polish old talents. It will also be a safe haven for women who are struggling or in doubt,” said Dr Aiza Ali Khan, president of the forum.
Samina Nasir, head of the education committee at PAD, advised the women to support each other and to believe in themselves. “Learn to appreciate each other, believe in your potential and trust God. You all have great talents and this is the platform where you can display it so make use of this opportunity. Stay determined, consistent and work hard and the world will come to your feet,” she said.
The membership of the forum is open to all nationalities with a minimal charge that one can make at PAD office in Oud Maitha.