Text Aina Nur Sarah Edited By Lina Esa
“Here’s to strong women may we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”
It was not too long ago that it was felt the social norm of a woman was to stay at home and be a homemaker. And while it’s not wrong to do just that if you choose to, times have changed, social practices have evolved, and women have taken up a bigger role in the workforce and in industries that continue to contribute to our country’s growth and economy.
Time and time again it’s been proven that women can do everything. And it has been exemplified at the Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia 2019, which is the second edition of this UK-born movement.
On 21 March 2019 at a dinner celebration in Singapore, there were 10 winners announced from a shortlist of 10 countries across the region.
Malaysian women made a strong impression. Singer-songwriter, Rozella Mahjhrin, Doctor, Dr Hwei Wuen Chan and Senior Lecturer, Dr Jasy Liew Suet Yan won awards in the Arts & Culture, Professions and Science, Technology & Digital category respectively.
The Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia 2019 aims to showcase and strengthen the pipeline of female talents across the region.
“We continue to be inspired and impressed with the number of passionate, driven and talented young women across Southeast Asia, and we are proud to recognise and celebrate their achievements. These young women are trailblazers who are committed to creating a kinder, more collaborative future for their communities, and are a true inspiration to us all,” said Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder, Women of the Future (WOF) Programme.
Other winners included:
- Business: Dr Theingi Win, Founder and CEO, Global Assistant Co (Myanmar)
- Community Spirit & Public Service: Aye Thiri Kyaw, Writer and Senior National Coordinator Officer, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Myanmar)
- Entrepreneur: Supna Rania Karwanamurthi, Co-founder and Managing Director, Flux O.S. SDN BHD (Brunei)
- Media & Communications: Thinzar Shunlei Yi, Youth Advocate and TV Host, Under 30 Dialogue TV Show (Myanmar)
- Professions: Najaa Halbi, Planning Manager for East Asset Brunei Shell Petroleum, Brunei Shell Petroleum Company (Brunei)
- Property, Infrastructure & Construction: Josephine Lee, Director, Regional Business Development, Knight Frank (Singapore)
- Social Entrepreneur: Kunthear Mov, Co-founder and Managing Director, Dorsu (Cambodia)
- Mentor: Ana Margarita Hontiveros, Programs Head for Bangsamoro Region, Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship and GoNegosyo
The Women of the Future Awards was founded 13 years ago in the UK by Pinky Lilani CBE DL, and is supported by headline sponsor Aviva. The awards in the UK and Southeast Asia editions are cross sectoral, recognising women across multiple fields including arts and culture, professions and entrepreneur.
Last year, Chern Ein Oon, Senior Lecturer at Universiti Sains Malaysia, was the sole Malaysian winner in the Science, Technology & Digital category.