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MWWA President Hajjah Faten El Dana OAM

2021 International Women’s Day MWWA Breakfast IN SYDNEY

The Muslim Women’s Welfare of Australia continues to inspire women to get actively involved by demonstrating what it means to be an active achiever and mover of the world in which we live. The President of the Muslim Women’s Welfare of Australia, Mrs Faten El-Dana OAM is among those who exhibit the qualities of an inspirational leader.On Saturday, the 13th of March 2021, the Muslim Women’s Welfare of Australia hosted its first event for this year on the occasion of ‘International Women’s Day’.

The gathering began with a blessed recitation of the holy Quran 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. Hajjah Faten also took the opportunity to congratulate the attendees on the advent of the great occasion of Al Israa' and Al Miraaj and gave a brief account of the miraculous journey that Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam took from Makkah to Jerusalem, then to the seven heavens and above.

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. These women have emerged as trendsetters and leaders in their own field.

In keeping with the theme of the event, Holistic Health Coach Samah Medlej and doTerra 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.

It is definitely inspiring to see local women paving the way forward with their businesses despite all the uncertainty in recent times.

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

A special thank you to the women who continue to be positive leaders in their own household, family, workplace and community. You all play a vital role and truly represent the importance of ‘Women in Leadership’.

President of the Muslim Women’s Welfare of Australia, Mrs Faten El-Dana OAM

2 Presenter Lea Kassar and Associates

Presenters Shaymaa nad Samah

A Group Photo of the Volunteers with MWWA President Hajjah Faten El Dana OAM

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