The Lady Fatemah (a.s.) Charitable Trust


Holistic programme of vocational skills training coupled with mental health support, microfinance and employment through our social enterprise. The Mothernomics programme empowers widowed mothers to raise their self-worth, voice and economic power to support their families to thrive.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1072270)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls



  • What is special about the mothernomics project is that it's very inclusive, women from many different backgrounds and ages come to tailor together. I am very grateful for the opportunity to - I’m able to feed my children through my own hard work despite the challenges I face in society

    — Eman, Mothernomics Graduate


In Iraq today, widowed mothers face double discrimination at the intersection of gender and poverty. Rebuilding from prolonged insecurity and war, Iraq has over 2 million orphaned children and high rates of widow headed households. Women's burden of care, coupled with stigma and oppression mean widowed mothers in Iraq are without a voice or roads of opportunity. Despite determination to stand on their own feet, many mothers are subject to societal norms and depend on charitable sponsorship.


With the Mothernomics project - combining vocational skills training, a mental health needs assessment, a microfinance loan and a social enterprise model - mothers become tailors, beauticians and caterers and bring an income in to support their family - often for the first time. The can franchise goods under the Mothernomics brand, 'MOM' and raise their visibility in society, becoming active role models for their children and stand, with dignity, on their own two feet.