Houston April 07: MQM Houston Unit hosted a successful 3rd Annual Women Convention on Saturday 07 April 2007, over 500 families and friends attended the convention in cold, rainy and windy night. Honorable Houston City Councilmember District-D Ms. Eda Edwards was the guest of honor. Among the other guests, representatives from the offices of Congresswomen Ms. Sheila Jackson-Lee and Congressman Mr. Al-Green, MQM USA & Canada’s Care Taker Dr. Khalid M. Siddiqui, Joint Central In-Charge MQM-USA Mr. Farhat Khan, Member Central Organizing Committee Mr. Kamal Zafar and members from MQM Dallas Unit attended the convention.
In-Charge of the Youth Wing, MQM Houston Unit, Ms. Javaria Siddiqui was the MC. The program started with the recitation of Qur’an, followed by a beautiful Na’at by Sister Musarrat Jehan. MQM-USA, Joint Central Organizer Mr. Farhat Khan inaugurated the convention and thanks the audience for being in the convention despite of the bad weather. In-Charge youth wing, MQM New York Unit, Ms. Maliha Arif and MQM-USA Youth Wing In-Charge Ms. Ineba Siddiqui were among the first guest speakers. Convention’s key note speaker was Professor Dr. Seeme Agha who elaborated the role of women in different cultures and religions and compared them with the freedom given to women in Islam. Dr. Agha appreciated the role of MQM in Pakistan for fighting against the feudalism and for the constitutional rights of Women.
Dr. Suriyya Saleem elaborated the role of women in the society and their roles as daughter, wife and mothers. In his closing remarks, MQM-USA Care Taker Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui emphasized over the ever demanding need of women’s role in fighting against illiteracy and educating their children to build a better and stronger society. He further added that its time for women to come forward and take leading role in building better society.
At the convention, Honorable City Councilmember Ms. Eda Edwards presented a proclamation on the behalf of Mayor - City of Houston. Honorable Congressman Al-Green sent a letter of appreciation through Community Liaison Mr. Badar Refai which was presented to MQM-USA Joint Central Organizer on behalf of the congressman.