Shortly About Us
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:
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, visit www.sbwc.ae.
The Irthi Contemporary Crafts council aims to empower women economically and socially through the crafts across the MENASEA and Central Asia regions. By representing both traditional and modern crafts and developing a fresh narrative for the sector, it aims to create new market opportunities, deliver social development programmes, host vocational training and preserve the skills and rich cultural heritage of the region for current and future generations.
With the Bidwa Social Development Programme, established in 2014, the council aims to revive 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 @irthicontemporarycraftscouncil
Badiri Education and Development Academy
Badiri Education and Development Academy aims to boost, reward and showcase the spirit of professional women and develop their skills enabling them to actively engage in the economy locally and globally.
It also focuses on entrepreneurship development, which it encourages through programmes such as Badiri Business Entreprenuership Programme, Badiri Social Entreprenuership Programme, and Badiri E-Academy – an online platform that has courses and resources – in addition to its ongoing short workshops, seminars, and courses that aim at creating the next generation of professional women.