WOW – Women do Wonders Event Advocate for Gender Equality

Last weekend, I attended a meaningful event called WOW – Women do Wonders. A collaboration between STAR Media Group and AirAsia, in conjunction with International Womens’ Day, the event served to highlight and advocate for gender equality.

Over the month, STAR media invited successful women from various fields to share their stories. These icons include former Minister of International Trade and current Independent Non-Executive Director of Air Asia X Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Air Asia X CEO Aireen Omar, and my good friend Maria Cordero, renowned artist from Hong Kong.

Every story shared at the event was intriguing. I was especially moved by Maria’s story: her father passed away when she was 11, so she had no choice but to start working at a tender age. After countless trials and tribulations, she made herself a name in the entertainment industry. I was profoundly impressed by her grit and determination.

As a woman, I am proud to say that females are often gifted with a strong, motherly resilience that helps them thrive even in the harshest of situations. It’s so ironic that we are often perceived as “weak and in need of protection”! Since the founding of the feminist movement, all that we seek is just to be respected as equal humans and to be given equal rights. Rights that are recognised by the law, and by society.

As a leader of MONSPACE, I have never used my identity as a female to lead. I want people to think of me as a “great leader”, not just a “great woman leader”. Being in the business all these years have helped me gain profound understanding of all that women have to go through to be at the same place as men. Issues such as gender discrimination and lower wages still persist. It is therefore not enough that we are doing significantly better than women of the previous era; as long as gender inequality exists, we should do our part for the sisterhood, and help combat the issue.

I would like to encourage everyone to start paying attention to gender equality. Remember, the declaration of human rights clearly states that no women should face discrimination. Let’s work to make that a reality for our next generation!

前天,我出席了一项非常具有意义的活动—— “Wow”-女性创造奇(WOW Women do Wonders),这项活动是《星报》媒体集团与主要赞助商亚航配合308国际妇女节而联手推动的女权运动,旨在争取与捍卫女性权利。

长达一个月的庆祝活动中,《星报》邀请了许多在各个领域均有杰出表现的女性分享她们的人生经历,例如在大马素有“铁娘子”之称的前贸工部长拉菲达丶亚航长途(Air Asia X)有限公司主席丹斯里拉菲达和首席执行员艾琳奥玛之外丶而我的好友也就是香港着名女艺人“肥妈”玛丽亚也在活动上分享了她的艰苦的人生经历。

在座每一位女性的故事都是如此精彩,尤其听到来好友肥妈述说自己11岁因葡萄牙籍父亲去世而被迫提早进入社会,尝尽人情冷暖,最後凭努力,在演艺圈取得屹立不倒的地位,她的故事让我很动容,也很佩服她坚毅的人格!

身为一位女性,我必须很自豪地说,女性天生拥有一份母性的坚韧,越糟糕险峻的环境,越发刺激我们骨子里的坚强。女性,总被外界归类为“需要被特别照顾的弱者”,但其实女性根本无需被特别对待,自上世纪西蒙波娃的女权运动伊始,我们追求的就是一份“人权”,一份众生皆平等的权利,一份本该被法律承认的权利,一个被公平对待丶被尊重的权利。

身为一位集团的领导者,我从未特别凸显自己为女性的优势与身份来带领集团,反而希望大众以“她是一位出色的领导者”而非“出色的女性领导者”。在职场十多年,我清楚知道女性在职场上所面临的问题,也就是性别歧视丶升职机会较低丶工资较低,虽然说现代相较上世纪女性活得更精彩更自由,但这是不够的,只要“性别歧视”一日未消弭,身为女性的我们,就更要贡献一份绵力,呼吁姐姐妹妹站起来,呼吁社会更加关注女性权益。

我在此呼吁各界多关注女性权益,请公平对待女性,请记得《人权宣言》已赋予女性“生而平等”的权利,确保我们的下一代不再性别不平等!

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