The Strong Women Challenge – Action Aid Australia



Zahra Summayah’s Strong Women Challenge Profile

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The Strong Women Challenge kicks off on Monday November 6 and will finish 21 days later on Sunday November 26. Be quick and sign up today

About the challenge

To celebrate and raise funds for strong women around the world, we’re asking Australians to join us in a 21 day strength building challenge kicking off on 6 November. Through doing a daily physical challenge (and the occasional inner-strength one) and sharing your experience online with friends and family, you will come out feeling stronger yourself, while supporting women to become stronger together.

Every dollar you raise through this challenge supports women fighting for their rights and leading change to end poverty – empowering them to be recognised and treated as the strong women we know them to be.

By taking this challenge, you’re standing behind women in communities around the world whose strength and heavy lifting ensures the safety and well-being of those around them.  We are strong women. Let’s get stronger together.



 Zahra Summayah’s Strong Women Challenge Profile





“Manifesting Muslimah”


   It is time to step up and turn my ideas into a business!Progress of green business


Emboldened Hearts came into existence May 1, 2013 – a space for hijabi activism and awareness and notes on the path of a Western Revert Hijabi.

Since starting this blog I got married to a Pakistani, moved to Pakistan, had 2 miscarriages, moved back to Australia, got divorced and over this past year have been reflecting, healing and learning from this roller coaster ride.

The first lesson learnt is that for all the ups and downs – my Faith is the only constant.


And it is through my Faith that I am taking this first step to manifesting my dream of taking all my lessons learnt and packaging them into Self- Healing Modules; designed to help Muslim and Non-Muslim women grow from loss and liberate themselves from suffering.

Through a paid subscription online learning portal I aim to build my life coaching business. 

Over the past 20 years, I have gained 3 degrees in Psychology, Certificates in Counseling and opened a private practice in Grief Counseling from a Buddhist perspective.  This was done against the backdrop of navigating the hurdles of an abusive marriage, raising a daughter and overcoming the life-changing impact of sustaining a brain injury from being run over at high speed.
During this time, my Faith practice was Tibetan Buddhism – which provided me with tools for Mediation and Self Reflection; essential for piercing the core of one’s existence and changing it for the better.

Six years ago, I stepped from Buddhism into Islam through the door of Sufism, continuing a path of dissolving ‘self’ and seeking to overcome fear, confusion and hurt; in the aim to manifest the life of abundance that God wants for me.

Having a decade later stepped into another abusive marriage this time to a Muslim; this last year has been a journey inwards to understand what lessons I did not learn from the first marriage (to an atheist).

One thing is for sure, armed with the knowledge that God commanded husbands to be Caretakers of their wife and it was my right as a Muslim wife to be treated with mercy and kindness; I was able to get out of this marriage a lot quicker – knowing that God did not want harm for me.

We are all imperfectly, perfect on a path that is often uncertain and not so clearly signposted. We will always be in a ‘Process of Becoming’.

There are no mistakes, just lessons to learn and opportunities to grow!

I envisage sharing my self-healing journey lessons on issues such as:
. being a Western Revert Hijabi

. Domestic Abuse – warning signs to prevent getting into such a marriage. Support for women in abusive marriages and how to get out.

. The journey through Fertility intervention and miscarriage

. Adjusting to life after Traumatic Brain Injury


Based on advice given by Ameenah Muhammad Diggins (Entrepreneur, Author and Investor) in a conversation with Suraya Sara at The Mindful Soul Academy about ‘Finding Your Gift’ “if you have an idea immediately act on it – announce it to the world and watch it manifest“.

So here I am sharing my World Premiere Announcement to all my Emboldened Heart Lovers my business plans for the future – WATCH THIS SPACE!!

Please make lots of prayers and send all your good vibes to me and this business plan – May  I be able to earn a worthy living providing help and motivation to women all over the world,  Ameen



For a no-nonsense approach to healing from trauma check out Suraya Sara’s ‘The Mindful Soul Academy’ CLICK: The Mindful Soul Academy


For more inspirational advice from Ameenah Muhammad Diggins CLICK:

– Ameena Muhammad Diggins



DONATE NOW – #SheCanBe appeal


Donate today on Shout. In celebration of International Women’s Day our friends at Shout are matching total donations up to $2,000 to help kickstart our #SheCanBe appeal. Download the Shout app & donate now.


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  • $10 will pay for 1 month of legal advice for garment workers in Cambodia
  • $30 will support one woman survivor of violence in Papua New Guinea to receive support, counselling and legal assistance
  • $60 will provide 2 months of food and resources for a crisis centre in Myanmar assisting survivors of human trafficking
  • $100 will fund 1 month of counselling and legal support in Cambodia to garment workers who have survived violence and abuseIWD_appeal_3-be39694c-5c7c-459a-809b-60d0ed6665f8

Sisters empowering sisters – RISE


*Sisters empowering sisters* is the aim behind our #RISE online series; where we interview a Muslim woman who is a role model or an expert in the topic she speaks about!

Our goal is to release a video a week for the year 2017 in Sha Allah… if you haven’t been following it; you can always catch up! The videos are all under 6 mins each and in Sha Allah hoping to cover more topics that are important to sisters empowerment…

The inspiring and educational videos are shared on Life Matters Academy (Facebook page, please like to stay updated) or subscribe to our Youtube channel…

Here are the last 10 videos:

1. Anisa Khan, “The 3 tips to overcome barriers of success”,

2. Ustatha Um Jamal, “3 tips for persevering in Islamic knowledge”,

3. Tasnim Said, “3 tips to investing for impact”,

4. Aisha Smith, “3 tips to having an empowering birth experience”,

5. Sara Saleh, “3 tips to effectively engage in social activism”,

6. Heba Shaheed, “3 tips to overcoming sexual stigmas”,

7. Ibtehaj Shahrouq, “3 tips to empower parents with children with special needs”

8. Aisha Meguid, “3 tips to manage stress”,

9. Ustatha Basma Abdul Qader, “3 tips to purifying the heart”,

10. Nadia Rasidi, “3 tips for starting your own business”,