Emirati Woman wins Mother Teresa Award
Emirati entrepreneur, Nashwa Al Ruwaini was one of the winners of the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice 2018. She won the award for her philanthropic efforts to improve the condition of women in the Middle East, as well as for the charitable activities she undertook to improve the lives of women and children through her humanitarian organisation, the Nashwa Foundation.
Al Ruwaini was presented with the award in Mumbai at a ceremony organised by the Harmony Foundation following a conference themed, ‘Protect Her Empower Her’, which focused on the empowerment of girls. Al Ruwaini spoke about the importance of lobbying for laws, society and technology to protect and empower young women a cause, Al Ruwaini is dedicated to. She received the award from Tushar Arun Gandhi, in the presence of Mohamed Al Jalah Al Teneiji, the UAE Consul-General in Mumbai. She is the first Emirati woman to win this award.
Al Ruwaini is currently a board member and CEO of Pyramedia Group and Chairwoman of the Nashwa Foundation, a charity that is dedicated to philanthropic works across the Arab world. She said, “It is such a great honor to win this accolade, which I am extremely proud of. It is very dear to my heart. Mother Teresa is one of my favourite role models. I aspire to be just as charitable and this award serves as a reminder that I need to continue my philanthropic work, which is just as important as my professional career. I believe that it is my role and purpose to always give back to the community, especially to women and young girls, so that they can lead healthy lives and not be subjected to any form of oppression or injustice. I will continue to work towards this goal, especially in the Middle East.”
(Extracted from mattersindia.com)