AWO honors Fawziya Al-Ri­fae

‘Honor­ing linked to be­ing com­pan­ion of a man who loved Egypt’

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CAIRO: Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Arab Women Or­ga­ni­za­tion Mir­vat Al-Tellawi honors Fawziya Al-Ri­fae (left), widow of late Nasser Mo­ham­mad Al-Kharafi.


Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Arab Women Or­ga­ni­za­tion Mir­vat Al-Tellawi hon­ored the widow of the late Nasser Mo­ham­mad AlKharafi, Fawziya Al-Ri­fae, along with sev­eral other pi­o­neer­ing women for their great con­tri­bu­tions in serv­ing their coun­tries and ad­vanc­ing the Arab world as a whole. Among them was am­bas­sador Haifa Abu Ghaz­a­lah, As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Di­rec­tor of the In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sec­tor at the Arab League; Nadiya Abdu, the first woman to serve as governor in Egypt; and ac­tress Yas­meen Sabri.

Pres­i­dent of the Egypt Lovers So­ci­ety pre­sented Fawziya Al-Ri­fae with an art­work of Al-Moez Street. The cer­e­mony was held at the Egypt Uni­ver­sity for Tech­nol­ogy’s Opera House in Oc­to­ber 6 City, and was at­tended by a large num­ber of min­is­ters, am­bas­sadors, me­dia per­sons and artists. Fawziya Al-Ri­fae gave a brief speech prior to re­ceiv­ing a plaque, dur­ing which she thanked the Arab Women Or­ga­ni­za­tion that wit­nessed a lot of ad­vance­ment un­der the man­age­ment of Am­bas­sador Mir­vat Al-Tellawi for the honor, “which pleased me and added to my col­leagues’ and my mo­tives for more work to de­velop Arab women’s af­fairs.”

Mu­tual love

She said her honor­ing is linked to be­ing the com­pan­ion of a man who loved Egypt very much, and the Egyp­tians gave him back the same love - he is the late Nasser Mo­ham­mad Al-Kharafi, who used to con­sider Egypt as the sec­ond home of all Arabs, and the ev­i­dence of this love is that Almighty Al­lah chose his death in Egypt, which was the last thing he saw be­fore pass­ing away in April 2011.

Fawziya Al-Ri­fae said the late Nasser Al-Kharafi was not just a hus­band or soul mate - rather he was much more than that - he was a men­tor. “He taught me that good deeds are the great­est of hu­man du­ties on earth. He taught me that money means noth­ing un­less it is trans­formed into real value that we present to serve the so­ci­ety we live in,” she said.

She said that Nasser Al-Kharafi use to believe money is from Al­lah, so it should be used for con­struc­tion and de­vel­op­ing the earth that Al­lah cre­ated and asked us to in­habit. He used to say that the best mo­ment for him was to see hands build­ing to pro­duce some­thing we lack and pro­vide dig­ni­fied liv­ing for Arabs and hu­man­ity. She said he taught her that the needs of the in­di­vid­ual hu­man be­ing are very lim­ited, while the needs of societies and coun­tries do not stop for the sake of build­ing and de­vel­op­ment.

She con­cluded her speech by say­ing: “He taught me a lot, but the most im­por­tant les­son I learnt from my late com­pan­ion Nasser AlKharafi was the love of Egypt and un­der­stand­ing the se­crets of its great­ness. The hap­pi­est mo­ment in his life was the open­ing of a new project in any area of Egypt, which he made the main aim of Al-Kharafi Group in­vest­ments, as a con­tin­u­a­tion of what his late father Mo­ham­mad Ab­del­mohsen AlKharafi started nearly 90 years ago, as it is the strong­est pil­lar of Arab coun­tries.”

20 mil­lion refugees

The cer­e­mony be­gan with a speech by Am­bas­sador Mir­vat AlTellawi, who spoke about the phe­nom­e­non of refugee and dis­placed women around the world, and how 80 per­cent of refugees’ re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are borne by women and chil­dren. She added that there are 20 mil­lion Arab women refugees among the 60 mil­lion around the world. Tellawi said the woman’s or­ga­ni­za­tion leads the ef­fort of sup­port­ing the refugees and dis­placed ma­te­ri­ally and morally. She then spoke about the women that were hon­ored and their con­tri­bu­tions, point­ing out the im­por­tant role the late Nasser Mo­ham­mad Al-Kharafi played with Kuwaiti in­vest­ments in Egypt over the past 40 years.

Then a speech was de­liv­ered by Egyp­tian Im­mi­gra­tion and Egyp­tians’ Af­fairs Min­is­ter Am­bas­sador Na­bila Makram Obaid on be­half of Egypt’s Prime Min­is­ter Sha­reef Is­mail, in which she lauded the ef­forts of Tellawi through the Arab Women’s Or­ga­ni­za­tion in sup­port­ing Arab women refugees and the dis­placed. She ex­pressed hopes that other coun­tries will deal with refugees as Egypt does, which hosts refugees and presents them sup­port sim­i­lar to Egyp­tian cit­i­zens with re­gards to ed­u­ca­tion, health and labor, and re­fuses to es­tab­lish camps like other coun­tries. Plaques were then handed to the hon­orees by Tellawi, fol­lowed by a per­for­mance by singers Hani Shaker and Yas­meen Al-El­wani with con­duc­tor Saleem Sa­hab. The pro­ceeds were do­nated to refugees.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Arab Women Or­ga­ni­za­tion Am­bas­sador Mir­vat Al-Tellawi honors Yas­meen Sabri.

Chair­per­son of the Arab Women Or­ga­ni­za­tion Ta­hani Al-Bur­tuqali (left) com­ments on Fawziya AlRi­fae’s honor­ing.

CAIRO: Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Arab Women Or­ga­ni­za­tion Am­bas­sador Mir­vat Al-Tellawi (cen­ter) honors Fawziya Al-Ri­fae (left).

Fawziya Al-Ri­fae re­ceives an art­work of Al-Moez Street from the Egypt Lovers So­ci­ety.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Arab Women Or­ga­ni­za­tion Am­bas­sador Mir­vat Al-Tellawi honors Nadiya Abdu.

Fawziya Al-Ri­fae at­tends the cer­e­mony.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Arab Women Or­ga­ni­za­tion Am­bas­sador Mir­vat Al-Tellawi honors Haifa Abu Ghaz­a­lah.

Fawziya Al-Ri­fae de­liv­ers a speech.

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