by Farzana Ahmed
This was an event well organised by
four young women – Abitsam, Anesar, Diane and Suria.
They wanted to do something for the older generation of Arabic
women because they felt that they always seem to miss out.
This was also a celebration for what women have achieved in
the Yemeni Community.
As I walked into the large room at Vestry Hall,
Attercliffe, the aroma of incense, the laughing, cheering
feeling of joy was tremendous. Most of the women were sitting
around on chairs in front of a stage, where there were two
young women, giving out raffle prices.
It was an all-round pampering day. There was
henna hand painting, aromatherapy sessions for hand/shoulders,
manicures, foot soaks, facials and Arabic dancing.
“It’s a fantastic day.
I like the henna, I have had it done. Everyone is enjoying
themselves and there is going to be nice food later.”
– Laila Muhsen
Towards the end of the day there was an awards
ceremony. The ESOL tutors, Anesar Shaibi and Suendes Kabar,
presented the certificates in Level 1 for Adult Learning,
Speaking and Listening. Everyone was cheering and clapping
as the people received their certificates. One woman said,
“It has been a very good day, I am very happy to come
today and receive my certificate and I would like to do more
in speaking, writing and spelling. It’s also been a
chance for me to relax.”
“The older generation of women
feel a sense of achievement. They feel they have accomplished
something in a second language.”
– Suendes Kabar
After the ceremony Arabic food was served which
looked and smelt delicious and everyone seemed to be enjoying
For more information about Yemeni
Community Association activities, contact: 261 8620.