Mumbai: Uzma Naheed, famous social activist has received a prestigious international award for her exemplary work for women mainly to uplift them economically and socially. Her NGO IIWA is recognized for women empowerment at national level in India. The award was given to her by the Consul General of Sri Lanka in a Global Economic Summit organized by World Trade Centre Mumbai on 28 March 2017.
Addressing to the august gathering of delegates from 25 countries she narrated a story of a mother who was thrown out of the house by her 5 sons, she was fainted by this harsh act of her own sons and was lying whole night on a road with dogs trying to bite her hands. She said this incident made her so restless that she vowed to empower women. Uzma said that there are two problems of poor women who have art in their hands: ‘What to make and Where to sell’? IIWA an NGO of the women solved these problems by identifying the items which have ready market as also provide seed capital or raw materials for manufacturing. More than 3000 women are manufacturing 150 products with high quality. It is very important to open new avenues for them and promote them. UZMA says: We do not want our customers to do charity since the product manufactured by these women conforms to the international standard and quality at competitive price. It is sad that a majority of workers manufacturing beautiful Indian handicraft items are Muslim women but they work as petty laborers. IIWA is a confluence where opportunities meet talent. It was 6th Global Summit of WTC and the key note address was by Dr. Mokhisakituji, Sec General United Nations for trade and Development Geneva, Ms. DhondyTembo, Deputy Executive Director of Trade Center, Ms. Michaele Markova Honorable Minister of labour and social affair of Czech Republic, Ms. Nora K Terrado, Under Secretary Dept. of trade & industries Philippines were also present. The delegation from consulates of Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and many more graced the event. The World Trade Centre is offering one year membership for Entrepreneurs too.