International Women’s Day 2019

Today is International Women’s Day. Clearly, we women are the height of importance since we have an entire day dedicated to us! And rightly so. We have so many vibrant, daring and confident, inspirational women around us that it’s hard not to notice how independent and fierce woman can be. It also goes to show how many females from around the globe have made a change by doing charitable causes and implementing humanitarianism.


1) A prime example of a great activist is Maya Angelou. Maya experienced a very difficult and traumatic childhood. From being sexually assaulted at the age of 8 and vowing to not speak for 5 years. Maya never gave up on her spirit. She was determined to tell her story, to help other women and fight for freedom. Maya helped create the Cultural Association for Women of African Heritage. Not only was she multi-talented by landing a singing and acting career in the mid 1950’s, Angelou created literary history by releasing her books on being an African American woman, her struggles and freedom. Her most infamous book is ‘I know why the caged birds sing’ which is still talked about today.


2) Khadīja bint Khuwaylid, known as one of the most important females in Islam and the wife of Prophet Muhammad PBUH was one of the most remarkable and esteemed businesswoman of her time. Her business was blooming more than all of the Quraysh trades combined, Khadija’s quality of products and dealing was the most respected and fair. Khadija helped empower younger women and helped widows, orphans and the sick by giving her fair earnings to these women, she also helped women in poverty who wanted to get married and provided their dowry for them.


3) Hyeonseo Lee was an indoctrinated child and is now a human rights activist. She managed to escape North Korea and helped her family flea also. Hyeonseo is aiming to create a revolution and expressing her story and background through motivational speaking and did a TEDtalk on her story. She is known for her best selling book ‘A girl with Seven Names’ in which she speaks about her experience in North Korea and growing up there.


4) Princess Diana was much more than just royalty and a style icon. She travelled to Africa for Humanitarian Crisis, she would visit the homeless in London, and she would go on regular visits to hospitals to help sick children. Princess Diana became an icon and an inspiration for other leading women and celebrities.


5) Malala Yousafzai came to the UK from Pakistan after being shot by the Taliban. Malala is a strong minded and well educated woman who wants woman and young girls to be given the opportunity to gain all the knowledge they want without boundaries, something she had struggled with coming from a third world country. Malala has made a massive movement globally and her determination has let her to being honoured for her humanitarian work at Harvard, was awarded The Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 and has set up ‘Malala Fund’ an organisation to help young girls by funding their educational means.



Here at HAD we having many busy, vibrant, hard-working and determined women. In aid of Islamic Relief UK’s campaign of #HonourHer I’d like to recognise our great independent ladies who work so hard in their personal and business life.


A few social media accounts to follow to see what women empowerment is all about and some of the movements that have been created, these top three account follow up on all things with uniting women and encouraging bravery.

  • Global fund for women
  • I weigh
  • UN women


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Written By:

Aneesah Iqbal

Marketing and Communications Officer