Women's Activities Portfolio

Women’s Activities Portfolio is a volunteer organisation under the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom (UK). It was established to assist the welfare of women in the Ismaili Muslim Community in the UK. Through workshops, seminars and advice, WAP aims to improve the well being of Women in the community.

Preparing for Parenthood: Pregnancy & New Parents During Covid-19
Preparing for Parenthood: Pregnancy & New Parents During Covid-19
28 May 2020

Pregnancy is a hugely exciting time for expectant families, but it can also be a time filled with uncertainty and anxiety, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Preparing for Parenthood: Pregnancy & New Parents During Covid-19
Preparing for Parenthood: Pregnancy & New Parents During Covid-19
28 May 2020

Pregnancy is a hugely exciting time for expectant families, but it can also be a time filled with uncertainty and anxiety, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

National Infertility Awareness Week
National Infertility Awareness Week
20 April 2020

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). The mission of NIAW is to empower individuals and change the conversation around infertility.  All too often myths and misinformation appear that create barriers for people who need help building their family, and can lead to them feeling isolated. NIAW aims to empower them to share their story and feel part of a community that cares. In commemoration of this week, Farah Gina Condor has kindly shared her personal story with infertility.
“The Childless Mother” from Farah Gina Condor:

Managing Screen Time
Managing Screen Time
11 April 2020

In this new world of working from home, with school lessons, exercise classes and communications moved online, it can feel like you and your family are spending a full day behind a screen. Consciously carving out time for activities that aren’t focused around your screen can have a positive impact on your mind and body. Here are some tips to try out and see what works for you.

Journaling to Ease the Mind
Journaling to Ease the Mind
11 April 2020

In light of the uncertainty and increased levels of anxiety caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Women’s Activities Portfolio (WAP) member and Fulfilment Coach, Shaista Kurji, shares her take on journaling and how it can help create a sense of ease, reduce stress and improve our mental health and general outlook whilst self-isolating.

Building Resilience
Building Resilience
27 March 2020

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and postponement of our International Women’s Day celebration, the Women’s Activities Portfolio shares food for thought on how to build resilience in the face of adversity.

Working from home and looking after children
Working from home and looking after children
20 March 2020

Balancing working from home with looking after children is a challenge during normal times, let alone in times like this. In this article the Women's Activities Portfolio have shared some ideas to help all home workers and parents create an approach that works for you and the family.

Women of diverse backgrounds exchange stories and ideas at the International Women’s Day event held at the Ismaili Centre, London.
Women of diverse backgrounds exchange stories and ideas at the International Women’s Day event held at the Ismaili Centre, London.
International Women’s Day brings women from around the world to the Ismaili Centre, London
International Women’s Day brings women from around the world to the Ismaili Centre, London
7 March 2010

Women from diverse backgrounds came together to celebrate, identify their strengths and hear about inspirational women. The event was organised by the Women’s Activities Portfolio of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom, and was the third consecutive time that the Ismaili community marked the occasion in the UK.

Zahira Virani prepares to run the London Marathon.
Zahira Virani prepares to run the London Marathon.
Running a marathon with a global impact
Running a marathon with a global impact
9 June 2008

In April 2008, Zahira Virani ran the Flora London Marathon, pushing her limits while raising funds for development initiatives of the Aga Khan Foundation. Shaneen Makhani spoke with her to learn what motivated her, and how she managed to juggle her training with her family and work commitments.

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