On September 13, 2018, students and alumni of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management gathered for a special edition of Ladies First. For the first time, Karin Reuschenbach-Coutinho, Head of Frankfurt School’s Career Services, welcomed not only female students and alumni but their male counterparts. “We have made an exception today because of our special guest. Asiya Mohammed is not only a social entrepreneur and former diplomat, but also a current Executive MBA student at Frankfurt School. She believes that men have an important role to play in ending violence against women and wanted all her classmates to attend!”
Asiya Mohammed, Founder and CEO of Conflict Women, begun by relating her career path from representing Trinidad and Tobago at the United Nations, to leaving diplomacy and starting her business. Her first steps were discovering who she was and what she wanted from life. “I am passionate about women’s rights, jewelry and business and dreamed of returning to the grassroots to change lives. While other NGOs in Trinidad focused on housing, advocacy and psychosocial support, none focused on finance.” So, she founded Conflict Women, which provides a monthly income and free training to survivors of abuse in exchange for their hand-crafted jewelry, which is retailed through hotels and luxury gift stores.