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    Established by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. NAMA is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah. Our core philosophy at NAMA 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 and abolishes unjust practices and policies that discriminate against the advancement of women. Its five affiliates, Sharjah Business Women Council, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, NAMA Fund, Badiri Education and Development and Souq Anwan, fall under the umbrella of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment.

    NAMA Women Advancement Establishment’s affiliates that contribute to its vision:

    Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC)

     

    Starting its journey in 2002, Sharjah Business Women Council aims to drive women entrepreneur’s integration into the global economy, support economic output of the nation, and social development of the Emirate of Sharjah.

    To achieve this aim, SBWC engages in delivering a range of programmes and initiatives including conferences, seminars, workshops and research that supports potential and existing entrepreneurs in Sharjah. It also forges partnerships with government, private organisations and foundations in the UAE and beyond.

    For more information about SBWC and to inquire about how to become a member, call our hotline 600 535554 or send an email to info@sbwc.ae

    NAMA Fund

     

    The NAMA Fund, NAMA’s latest and very promising initiative, is a collective effort of NAMA and its local and international partners to mobilise financial and human resources required to elevate the status of women and to guarantee their economic security and worldwide success.

    Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council

     

    Representing both traditional and modern crafts across the MENASEA and Central Asia region, working with partner organisations and championing artisans and designers, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council is looking at the empowerment of women economically and socially through the crafts.

    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.

    With Bidwa, established in 2014, Irthi revives the country’s important heritage cottage industries and sustains and engages with younger generations by modernising and elevating the crafts ‘Talli’, ‘Sadu’ and ‘Safeefah’.

    More information about Irthi can be found on its social media accounts: @irthicontemporarycraftscouncil

    Anwan

     

    Managed by NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, Anwan offers an infrastructure and resources that aim at creating economic opportunities for local communities.

    Badiri Education and Development

     

    Badiri Education and Development, the youngest of NAMA’s five entities, aims to boost, reward and showcase the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst women locally and globally. Badiri builds the capacity of women entrepreneurs to participate in various sectors of the economy, and provide them with the skills and knowledge to reach their potential. It also focuses on entrepreneurship development, which it encourages through programmes such as Badiri Women’s Enterprise Development Virtual Academy and Jeel, geared towards creating the next generation of women and youth entrepreneurs.