Empowering Women NFP is proud to announce its first class of 2022 in its Skills Development Certification Program. According to their founder and executive director, Arshia Hasnain, women’s empowerment can only be achieved through skills development which, in turn, leads to financial stability.
On Sunday, June 12, 2022, the graduation ceremony was held at NSTOP at 2 p.m. where 12 graduates were presented with their sewing skills development certificates by Hon. Aasma Tariq, wife of the current Consul General of Pakistan at Chicago. She herself is a strong advocate for women’s empowerment and women’s rights. As the guest of honor, Aasma Tariq praised the program and mentioned how she has been supporting Empowering Women NFP since the skills development program started in January. It took 16 weeks to graduate the first group of empowered women trained by instructors Everal Stewart and Vashti Watson.
Aaama Tariq also mentioned how it gives her immense pleasure when people from different backgrounds, races, religions and ethnicities come together to make a positive impact. She is proud of the work that Arshia Hasnain and her team do in Chicago to help underserved communities and provide needed services for victims of domestic violence.
Empowering Women NFP board members Sarah Hussain and Farvah Lakhani lead the skills development program. Sarah Hussain spoke to graduates about the skills they learned and how it will help them find jobs
Susan Aurinko, photographer and owner of Lens Flair Designs was also present at the ceremony. She will hire these women graduates from the Empowering Women NFP Skills Development Sewing program for her design business and give them job opportunities.
Empowering Women NFP is a non-profit organization (EIN 85-1246920) based in the city of Chicago that provides trauma-informed services to victims of domestic violence. Visit their website www.ewnfp.org and get involved. They are always looking for volunteers to help with their programs in Rogers Park and the South Side of Chicago.