No matter where you are in life, inspire and empower the women around you. Success is never reached alone. And, wisdom and wealth are sweeter shared." -Mizzfit.
I am Shagufta Ali Abidi. I graduated from Aligarh Muslim University and additionally got certifications from NIIT in computers. Perahan Designs was conceptualised out of my deep interest in Fashion Design and some hours to spare. At that time it seemed to be just that, a good use of available time. However, as is said, God is the best of planners. In a unexpected twist of fate, I was widowed with three young children to take care of. Raising them as a single parent was not easy however my belief that challenges are given to the strongest to bring out their best, kept me going and it turned Perahan Designs into a full-time occupation and livelihood for me and my loving family. I have since that unfortunate time realized that there is no limit to what a woman can achieve with determination and persistence. A woman has the ability to change not just her destiny but change the world around them for good. I am blessed to have support from a number of great empowering women who extended their hands when I need them the most and that’s when I realised the importance of women who empower others.
"I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back." ―Malala Yousafzai.
I will like to thank the Womennovator team for adjudging me as one of the winners of prestigious Women Faces 2020 Awards. I am elated with pride and full of gratitude. While this acknowledges my journey, it also motivates me to grow and support other women, those who need it. 'Here's to all the Strong Women out there; May we know them, May we be them and May we raise them'.