Emotions ran high when karate champion Ayesha Noor spoke about how she struggled against the odds to become an karate champion during a seminar titled “Campus to Corporate held at the Aliah University organised by Association of Muslim Professionals. Ayesha is battling epilepsy and poverty to teach self-defense to underprivileged girls and women.In a documentary, titled, Girl Connected, Ayesha’s story featured along with four other teenage girls from Kenya, Jordan, Bangladesh and Peru, all of them trying to fight gender discrimination in their own way. This film was screened at Los Angeles. American government has honoured her with “Hero For Gender Equality,” award .After winning two golds at national events in 2012, Ayesha was selected for the Thai Pitchai International Youth Karate Championship in 2013. She was the only girl in the 12-member Indian team. She struck gold, beating out rivals from 40 different countries.
190 students from various streams participated in the seminar. Mr Ayaz Shafi, Mr Shaheed Ahmed, Dr Md Azharuddin, Mr Monirul Alam, Mr Mohd Naqui , GM , WBMDFC were present at the event.
Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) tries to reach students in the remotest areas across the country through Skill Development Lectures as well as Employability training Program (ETP). It is one of AMP’s main Flagship Projects that has been the most impactful & beneficial as well.
Ayesha tried to motivate students by giving her own example, and how she achieved her goals with perseverance and hard work in spite of financial constraints and health problems.
“It has been a struggle. Her father died, her mother sews for a living. Food at home is short.Poverty could not dominate this girl from her Talent.” said M A Ali her coach.It is a matter of regret that not a single help has come from the central or the state government.
Ayesha message was clear . If she can overcome adversities and be successful, each and every student had the potential to do it. One just needs to have faith in themselves.