The Embassy of India in Egypt, felicitated 11 distinguished ladies from Egypt for their exceptional achievements and exemplary contributions in a wide array of fields, at the ‘Women of Substance’ reception held at India House on 2 April 2017. It was part of “India by the Nile 2017” – a celebration of Indian music, dance, theatre, visual arts, food and Wellbeing.
Women are creating a strong impact on a wide spectrum of platforms and thereby opening new vistas and horizons for achievements and accomplishments. The ‘Women of Substance’ reception, was an occasion to acknowledge, celebrate, and share the inspirational stories of these women from Egypt and saw felicitation of 10 women and 1 institution – The Charities of Mission. From a young scientist who turned trash into biofuel, to, educationists, filmmakers, humanitarian workers and political leaders- this year’s ‘Women of Substance’ have made a powerful difference through their relentless efforts and passionate determination.
These specially chosen women achievers included Dr. Amna Nosseir, MP, Al Azhar Scholar, who took commendable took steps to amend the anti-blasphemy law, Azza Faiad, a young scientist who turned trash into biofuel, Heba Elsewedy, founder Ahl Masr Foundation for burn victims, Nadia Jereidini, Vice President of Egypt-India Friendship Association, Naima Ismail Saleh, President – The Right to Live Association, Sawsan Attia from Women’s Health Improvement Association, Shahira Fahmy, ‘Mix and Match’ designer, Wafaa El Saddik, Egyptologist and Former Director of the Egyptian National Museum, Yasmin Helal, Founder of Educate Me for underprivileged children, and Yosra El Lozy, Film actress.
The Missionaries of Charity was also felicitated for its humanitarian work in Egypt. It was founded by Mother Teresa on 07th October 1950 in Calcutta and is functional in Egypt since 1981. In Egypt they have 4 houses: Shoubra and Mukkattam in Cairo and Alexandria and Assiut for elderly, homeless and those who have no one to care for them. In Mukkattam and Assiut they also have day-creche for children for poor families.