May 6th, 2018, Sharjah (UAE): NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) has recently concluded visits to leading academic institutions, municipal councils and ladies club branches across Sharjah, introducing its three affiliates and their programmes, which are designed to empower and develop women and accelerate their progress within their communities.
As part of its outreach efforts, NAMA conducted 20 visits between March 8 to May 3, where they met with officials and members of the public at eight municipal councils, 11 branches of the Sharjah Ladies Club (SLC) and met with students from five local Sharjah universities at the University of Sharjah.
Students from Sharjah University, Al Qasimia University, Skyline University College, Zayed University and United Arab Emirates University, were introduced to NAMA’s goals and strategic vision to empower women and provide them with the tools and opportunities necessary to realise their fullest potential.
NAMA representatives, headed by NAMA’s consultant Moza Al-Khayyal, also introduced NAMA to officials and members of the municipal councils at Al Hamriyah, Al-Dhaid, Al Madam, Mleiha, Al Batayeh, Kalba, Khorfakkan and Dibba Al Hisn, and discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the entities to empower Emirati women.
The meeting also focused on ways to preserve traditional industries, which are an integral part of the Emirati heritage and national identity, and highlighted the efforts of NAMA’s affiliates, the Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC), Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, and Badiri Education and Development Academy, in supporting women in various sectors.
The NAMA delegation visited all SLC branches, including Sharjah City, Al Dhaid, Al Madam, Mleiha, Al Batayeh, Kalba, Khorfakkan, Dibba Al Hisn, Al Hamriyah, Al Thameed, and Wadi Al Helou. During these visits, mechanisms to facilitate the participation of the club’s members in Badiri programmes, which build the capacities of women and boost their entrepreneurship, professional, and personal skills, were discussed. They also shed light on how to introduce the clubs’ members to Irthi’s innovative programmes, and the various aspects of SME support offered to female entrepreneurs by SBWC.
Reem BinKaram, Director of NAMA, said: “Through these outreach efforts, NAMA seeks to establish positive relationships with a variety of entities and individuals across Sharjah and the UAE, and enhance cooperation so as to effectively empower women across various sectors. These visits are part of NAMA’s 2018 strategy and offered us the opportunity to directly communicate with those who will benefit from our programmes and services.”
“We targeted three important segments: university students who represent the nation’s future workforce and who will soon drive the nation’s development process; municipal councils – as they are regulatory bodies, and can be key partners in achieving NAMA’s strategic objectives; and finally, the Sharjah Ladies Club branches, which provide us access to a large number of women in the emirate who can benefit from NAMA and its entities’ skill and capacity building programmes and initiatives, and encourage them to be business owners.”
Established by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, NAMA Women Advancement Establishment is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi.
NAMA’s core philosophy is to raise awareness that women are an indispensable human resource for the development of every nation. NAMA was conceived to go beyond the remit of supporting women and ensuring gender equality to a broader scope that aims to see women become influential key members of society, thereby enabling them to climb the ladder of success.
It encourages policies and legislation to support women and actively pursues programmes that support gender integration into all sectors.
Three entities, namely Sharjah Business Women Council, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council and Badiri Education and Development Academy, fall under the umbrella of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment.
About Sharjah Business Women Council
The primary goal of the Sharjah Business Women Council is to encourage women to excel in the field of business and to facilitate the healthy growth of women-owned businesses. Sharjah Business Women Council was established in 2002 to create and enhance the work environment for women and train and prepare women to enter private economic activities that will lead to greater social and economic development. To achieve this, SBWC carries out a range of programmes and activities including conferences, seminars, workshops and research. It also forges partnerships with government and private organisations and foundations in the UAE and beyond.
About Irthi Contemporary Crafts
Representing both traditional and modern crafts across the Middle East, North Africa, South East and Central Asia regions, working with partner organisations and championing artisans and designers, the Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council is looking at the empowerment of women professionally and socially.
The council aims to provide a fresh narrative for women, by developing new market opportunities, and sectors, delivering social development programmes and vocational training, as well as preserving the skills and rich cultural heritage of the UAE for current and future generations.
Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council is an affiliate of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, an organisation that was established under an Emiri decree by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah.
About Badiri Education and Development Academy
Badiri Education and Development, aims to boost, reward and showcase the spirit of female entrepreneurs and develop their skills, enabling them to successfully participate in the economy locally and globally. Badiri conducts a number of short and long-term training programmes and workshops designed for women to equip them with the skills and knowledge to excel in the workforce.