AFED Women Board Visits Jamaats in Tanzania

The Women Board Chairperson, Mrs. Zaheeda Alishan paid a visit to Mwanza and Zanzibar and had an opportunity to meet the Ladies Managing Committee of the respective Jamaats.  The Women Board Team also met the Dar es Salaam Ladies Managing Committee.
The focus of discussion during these visits and meeting were: 

  • To connect and create a network with the Ladies members of the Jamaats
  • To brief them about the Vision, Mission and Objectives of the Women Board.
  • To unite, develop and empower more female leaders to lead the community in different positions.
  • The way forward is to provide exposure and mentorship to Girls and Women and develop them into spiritually and socially conscious leaders.
  • To discuss the details of the survey sent out by the Board which would enable to identify and reach out to assist and empower the target groups.
  • To discuss the Lady Khadija Grant and its objective to support small businesses that are run by female members of our Jamaats in Africa.
  • To create awareness of the Board’s upcoming event; the Leadership and Emotional Intelligence Workshop for the Ladies Managing Committee team.  This Program is aimed to build their skills and enhance their overall leadership style of our ladies and help them discover effective leadership techniques to handle challenging leadership issues as well as identify and select the appropriate methods that work for them.
  • Introduced the idea of launching the “WE Can Support” Helpline, which would provide help and give effective solutions to tough situations women undergo and to make the lives of women better by giving support, offering hope and creating connections on a regular basis.

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AFED Women Board has started official visits to various Jamaats and meeting their LMC's, with the objective to find out more about the challenges women in our community face and how best can we assist them. Jamaats will be informed of their schedule.
In line with the above, we would like to discover and find out the potentials of women in our community and their abilities and their willingness to assist the community. To do so we are conducting a survey with the objective to Identify and Reach Out to assist, guide and empower the target groups of women and girls at the community level.

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The Africa Federation Women’s Board Chairperson, Mrs. Zaheeda Alishan and Board Member Mrs. Nasima Mukhtar held a brief meeting with NASIMCO Vice Chairperson, Mrs. Sukaina Sumar-Ebrahim at the AFED office on Thursday, 8th September 2016.

The officials of the two institutions shared various information, achievements and the common challenges faced by women at different levels in the community at large and how imperative it is to connect to other Women’s Boards in order to reach out to fellow women/girls to understand better their challenges and find best ways to guide them, be it in Education, Social or Mentoring, as women play an important role in the family cycle and is the strength of any family.

The AFED Women’s Board has established good working relationship with NASIMCO and is ready to connect with other Women’s Boards willing to share their expertise through their Jamaats and assist in the development across our communities to further achieve the Objectives and Vision of AFED.

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The Africa Federation Women Board is pleased to launch its new Logo.

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CIRCULAR NO: AF/WB/14/16                                                 

The Chairman of the Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri of Africa, Alhaj Shabir Najafi is pleased to appoint Mrs. Zaheeda Abdulrasul Alishan to the post of Chairperson of the Africa Federation Women Board for the term 2016 - 2019.

Brief Profile
Zaheeda bai completed her Primary Education in Mwanza and continued with her High School Education in Dar es Salaam. She then pursued a Teachers Training Course where she achieved a distinction and a Credit in teaching English as a First Language.
She is an Educationist by profession who has an extensive experience of 20 years in this field.
She is presently the Principal of Al Muntazir Girls Primary School under the Central Board of Education of KSI Jamaat of DSM she is holding this position since the past 8 years.

She had also held additional responsibilities as a Leader in various key positions, i.e. as an Administrator at the Al Muntazir Special Education Needs and as an Operations Manager at the school under the Central Board of Education of KSI Jamaat of Dar es Salaam.


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