The Muslim Women’s Welfare of Australia (MWWA) hosted its first event for this year on the occasion of ‘International Women’s Day’ on Saturday 13 March 2021 with a breakfast

The theme of this year’s IWD was ‘Women in Leadership’; Challenges Overcome by Businesswomen during the Pandemic. Despite all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, many local businesses owned by women have shown their resilience by not only managing the hurdles along the way, but even growing their brand during the pandemic.

The program began with a blessed recitation of the holy Qur’an presented by former student of Salamah College, Fatima Beirouti.

MWWA president, Hajjah Faten El Dana OAM then addressed the attendees and emphasised how great it is that we can finally physically reconnect with all the amazing ladies who have been eagerly awaiting another informative and exciting MWWA event after a yearlong break due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

MWWA President Hajjah Faten El Dana OAM

Hajjah Faten also took the opportunity to congratulate the attendees on the advent of the great occasion of Al Israa’ and Al Mi’raaj and gave a brief account of the miraculous journey that Prophet Muhammad (s) took from Makkah to Jerusalem, then to the heavens above.

In keeping with the theme of the event, Holistic Health Coach Samah Medlej and Terra Leader Chayma Jebara, were invited to share their experiences in the recent pandemic. They emphasised how social media has acted as a platform for them to grow their brand and connect with clients, at a time when many women were seeking to transform their home, lifestyle and mindset.

Another speaker who shared the story of the humble beginnings of her business during the pandemic, was Lea Kassar the founder of Zamrud Apparel. Zamrud Apparel provides quality one piece prayer clothes for women at affordable prices in a variety of colours and styles.

During her talk, Lea demonstrated a lot of excitement and passion for her high-quality one-piece prayer garments, which the women in attendance found to be so awe-inspiring.

What was even more inspiring was that she built the courage and inspiration to launch her business after attending the MWWA Life Skills Workshops that were held in 2019 and the beginning of 2020. The tools, experiences, and connections she gained through the workshops opened the door of opportunity for her to launch her own business and make it flourish in Australia and overseas even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event concluded with the presentation of small tokens of appreciation to the guest speakers and volunteers.