International Women’s Day — first promulgated in the early 20th century by socialist groups worried about industrialisation, workplace conditions and voting rights — is celebrated by countless individuals, organisations and governments on 8 March every year. This year, special Women’s Day events held in several Jamats highlighted the social and economic progress that women have made, while remaining vigilant of the difficult challenges that still lay ahead.
The Ismaili Centre, Lisbon, together with the local Parish Council, hosted a special recognition event for women who stood out for their contributions to Portuguese society. Eight women received awards for their work in the areas of sustainable projects for the elderly, social work, education, health, arts and culture, communication, volunteerism and business dynamism. Among them were Dr Maria Elisa Ferreira, a distinguished Portuguese state television journalist, and Dr Parveez Sacoor, a past Vice-President of the Ismaili Council for Portugal and the former Chairman of the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board for Portugal.
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