“I raise up my voice - not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”  - Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai

The AFED Women’s Board held its first workshop on Saturday 15th April 2017 in Dar-es-Salaam – Titled “Leadership & Emotional Intelligence” for the KSIJ Community Leaders, bringing together over 50 women; young and old from different Jamaats in Africa.
The one day workshop was facilitated by three different women who are leaders in their own rights.
It started off with registration and verses from the Holy Qur’an by Zainab Sumar.  The Master of Ceremony, Ms. Sakina Hassanali opened the day defining what was in store, followed by the welcome speech by the Women’s Board Chairperson Mrs. Zaheeda Alishan.
In her address, the Chairperson said that the Board intends to equip women in the Community to be viewed as assets in the society and not as an exception to the rule. She added that women hold the key to Women Empowerment, through their influence over the coming generations. She cited the example of Lady Khadija whose unconditional devotion, support and encouragement played a very important role in the beginning of the Islamic Society by our Holy Prophet (SAWW).  She looked forward to women to join hands with the Board to help inspire and empower more women of our community to reach great heights as the sky is not the limit for our women.

Ms. Zeenat Thawer, a Consultant, was the main facilitator. She began the session with short exercises to allow a better understanding of the term “Leadership & Emotional Intelligence.”
Ms. Thawer guided the women in group activities, showed a video on “The Eagle” and actively brought out the women to come up with the core competencies that define Leadership & Emotional Intelligence. What a surprise it was!!  So complex! Yet so simple. Qualities and values that we use every day came out. However, the most fundamental value that would allow us to be able to identify and monitor our emotions and others was “Self Awareness”.
In the second Session Ms. Thawer showed the timeless classic parable, ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ by Spencer Johnson to explain how to cope positively with change. A short afternoon tea break followed after which she concluded the paramount importance of Emotional Intelligence leading to excellent Leadership. The two cannot be separated.  Emotional Intelligence is the pathway, the key to Empowerment. 
The next two sessions were short speeches by two motivational speakers. Ms. Sakina Hassanali talked of her challenges as a youth and as a growing girl in the community and society at large.  Her advice was not to give up and try to make the best of all opportunities.
The day ended with Mrs. Fatim Shabbir Somji from Zanzibar giving a glimpse of her life. She was candid and honest about the barriers she has faced as a woman and how she exhibited the classic emotional intelligence values that carried her to triumph against all odds, she explained how the little success habits helped her build her character and empowered her. The participants, all women could fully relate to her trials and tribulations.

Team Work

The Women Board wishes to extend its appreciation to all the Speakers, Participants, Donors and Volunteers without whom the Program would not have been a success.  The Board plans to hold more such sessions in the future and hopes to have participation from other Jamaats in Africa.

Also, we convey our deep appreciation and gratitude the Africa Federation and the Secretariat staff for their support and cooperation.


Africa Federation Women Board
May 2017

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