Council of Ukrainian Muslims

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Women’s Organisation “Maryam”: Setting New Goals With New Leaders

02.04.2015 / 1100

A general assembly of Women’s Social Organisation “Maryam” was held last Saturday on March 28, where reports on the previous period’s work and expenses were made and elections of the new Executive Board and Head of organisation were held.

42 activists participated in the secret ballot and elected the Executive Board (7 members of 27 candidates), which, after several rounds where votes for two candidates were equal, elected a new Head of WSO “Maryam” among them for the following two years. Ms.Yulia Fryndak became the new Head, having replaced repeatedly re-elected Ms.Suzana Islyamova on this post.

The new leader will be assisted by members of the Executive Board, namely Ms.Maria Amer, Ms,Via Fryndak, Ms.Marina Malygina, Ms.Irina Ashur, Ms.Samia Erada and Ms.Suzana Islyamova.

We wish the new administration to be successful in striving for their goals and have effective and balanced teamwork. May God bless you all and your efforts!

It bears reminding that WSO “Maryam” had its 10th anniversary in the end of 2014. Ms.Suzana Islyamova presented its achievements in terms of  World Conference “Women’s Role In Charitable Work” affiliated to the Government of Kuwait, which helps in finding sponsors for women’s charitable initiatives. Women from other countries of Eastern Europe and some Arab countries participated as well. This presentation led to honouring “Maryam”’s fruitful work with a special award.

When answering the question about the secret of their success, Ms.Islyamova said: “Muslim women weren’t actively involved in any charitable project at first, when ukraine only gained its Independence. We were all busy with our homes, our children, winning bread for the family in the time of crisis and looking for the commodities of the short supply. Being loaded like that we, of course, felt the need for some educational initiatives for women, for some joint cultural events, charitable projects, etc, where each of us could participate, but we ourselves considered it as some unliftable load. We had to obtain self-belief before others started believing in us.”

Besides, she stressed the importance of involving as many active women as possible: “Someone leaved for maternity, someone moved to another region with their family, someone starts a new project at work and has less free time, etc. — and all that leaves the organisation helpless and every loss is hard to make up if the new people don’t keep coming all the time and don’t share the current duties with the existing members.”


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