Women Empowerment : Gaza Sky Geeks #article

aisa cosmetics support the Gaza Girls Code!

My name is Azrin Isa, I am the Founder of aisa cosmetics, a makeup artist and a wife to my lovely husband.

I have been working as a makeup artist for nearly 4 years. Beside working at a makeup counter, I also travel to do make-up jobs at different photoshoot locations as well as fashion runways. Before this, I was in a boring office environment doing the 9:00–5:00 at a few advertising / media companies in Sydney, Australia.

I’d like to share you my thoughts on the topic of Women Empowerment.

Inspired by my mom

I grew up in a middle-class-family. After the death of my father at the age of 17, I learnt that I have to help support my mom who is a housewife. Most of the time we rely on her small homemade cookies business. Being a small business owner — it can get stressful at times, especially when business is slow.

Her strong-willed and positive mannered inspired me to become who I am today. She is a superwoman to me. Ever since our dad past away, she has filled both role as the breadwinner and a mother. This is why I am a firm believer in Women Empowerment.

Believe in yourself

Throughout the years I have met and worked with dozens of women around the world, and I’ve heard stories of women not wanting to get out of their comfort zone because they’re scared to take risks.

Society thinks that women are no longer marginalised. This is far from the truth. Being a woman myself, I have experienced first hand how society treats us. What’s even more marginalised is being a muslim woman.

One of the most common misconceptions is that women live under some sort of oppressive dictatorship ruled by their husbands and fathers. These stereotypical stigmas force the women within the Islamic culture to be somewhat guarded because these social stigmas infringe on their culture and personality as an individual. This is what led me to create aisa cosmetics.

At aisa cosmetics, we focus on self-expression, empowerment and creativity. I want to create a global brand that emphasise on confidence, courage and true to themselves.

Why Gaza Sky Geeks

The reason why I chose to partner with Gaza Sky Geeks is because I believe in their indicative in teaching young Gazan girls valuable business and life skills. By partnering with this great organisation, we can contribute to their women’s program in three ways:

  • Teach 10- to 17-year-old girls from refugee communities in Gaza to build mobile Android applications and connect them to female computer science role models.
  • Continue to increase women’s participation in Gaza’s tech sector, which is currently at 50% (one of the highest rates in the world).
  • Provide stipends for women and girls to travel to Gaza Sky Geeks’ co-working space and take part in activities such as the girls coding club.

The challenge is that women in Gaza lose confidence during and after college: they do not believe they can run a business. The only role models they have are teaching, working in non-governmental humanitarian organizations (NGOs), or staying home. Most existing tech companies in Gaza are almost exclusively male, so women do not feel they belong. Women end up not pursuing computer science related careers.

We want to help change that by supporting Gaza Sky Geeks in providing not just technical training, but by building a community of women in tech & introducing girls to strong female role models in STEM fields.

Gaza Sky Geeks is on a mission to create the most inclusive startup and tech community in the world. To ensure that women are securing investments and jobs in 5–10 years at the same rates as men, we need to support girls’ confidence now — and make sure they feel that they belong. With your help, we can empower Gazan girls with self-expression and creativity.

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