The achievements of Malaysian women need to be celebrated so that they can inspire the next generation of females to strive for greater success.
This was the resounding theme for the inaugural Malaysian Women of Excellence Awards 2014 held by Event Port Sdn Bhd â€“ an organisation under education provider Learning Port Sdn Bhd that aims to build a strong network of high-achieving women â€“ to honour the nationâ€™s women who are successful in their fields.
AirAsia Bhd chief executive officer Aireen Omar, who was among the award recipients at the ceremony here on Monday night, said the recognition would help women become aware that their contributions to the country did not go unnoticed.
â€œIt will be an encouragement for women to ensure that they continue to do their best,â€ said Aireen.
Another recipient, the Actors Studio co-founder Datuk Faridah Merican, said she was moved to be nominated because achievement in the performing arts did not receive as much attention as other fields.
Faridah noted that women were, however, well-represented in the performing arts in the country.
â€œWomen are doing well in the arts and we do not feel as though men are putting us under their thumbs,â€ she said.
In his opening speech at the event, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor acknowledged the struggle that women worldwide were still facing on the path to success, including battling stereotypes ingrained in many cultures.
â€œWomen need to fight every single day to break this undeserved mentality and challenge people to accept their capabilities,â€ he said, adding that the Government must improve on womenâ€™s representation in society, especially in the work force.
Other recipients of the award included Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and singer-entrepreneur Datuk Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin.
Also present were Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, AirAsia X chairman and former minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz as well as the ambassadors from Japan, Switzerland, Belgium and Mexico.-The Star/Image credit: BERNAMA