The Singapore Women’s Weekly honours Singapore’s outstanding women achievers at the Great Women of Our Time 2015 Awards
Singapore, 29 October 2015 – The Singapore Women’s Weekly, one of Singapore’s most popular women’s magazines published by SPH Magazines Pte Ltd, announced the winners for this year’s Great Women of Our Time Awards, an annual Awards that honours the achievements of the nation’s most inspiring women.
These women were honoured at the gala dinner and awards presentation at The St Regis Singapore tonight. The Guest of Honour was Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources and Health.
The winners for the categories were:
Arts and Media
Running into the Sun
The actress, director and producer, who already has a National Day Parade under her super slender belt, turned the opening and closing ceremonies of this year’s 28th Sea Games into one of this year’s most memorable productions.
Those one-and-a-half years of preparation work underline her discipline, diligence and tenacity, but the 41-year-old mother-of-one said it is also about having the right mindset.
“The bigger the show, the less it is about you. In fact, you should just take yourself out of it. The creative director provides an artistic vision that everybody can work towards. The show is everybody’s show, and the faster you figure that out, the better it is for you and for everyone.”
Design and Style
Urban Redevelopment Authority
As part of the team that oversees the urban planning and design of Singapore’s Central area, 34-year-old Janice helps to shape the upcoming Kallang Riverside and Capitol Singapore projects. Janice ensures that her work helps to strengthen a sense of rootedness in the population, by “staying sensitive to our environment, heritage, culture and identity – and integrating these elements into Singapore’s urban growth strategy”.
To allow for sustainable urban growth here, Janice and her team continuously explore new concepts such as environmentally-friendly precincts.
“Knowing my job contributes to making our environment more liveable, and improving the everyday lives of residents and spatial experiences in Singapore makes it rewarding.”
Education and Public Service
Head, Public Awareness and Youth Initiatives
Singapore Committee for UN Women
By spearheading efforts to promote awareness of women’s issues such as trafficking and domestic violence, Mrinalini – or ‘Mini’ to friends and colleagues – lends her heart and hands to underprivileged women. This mission took on a new and special meaning in June when the 30-year-old gave birth to a daughter (her first child with husband Vinayak).
“Gender stereotypes are so ingrained in our cultures, traditions and even media, that we often accept them unquestioningly. We must learn to analyse and rethink these narratives. It is a lesson I hope to impart to my daughter. I want to encourage her to use her education and resources to help others who are without these same opportunities.”
Finance and Commerce
Golden Village Multiplex and Golden Village Pictures
In any business, good leadership is necessary to set the direction, guide, inspire and deliver results – and at the helm keeping the film distributor on the top of its game, is the driven and forward-thinking Clara.
“Consumer preferences are always changing so we must keep up,” the 50-year-old shared, “We are planning to inject new and exciting content and F&B offerings; we will also introduce new customers experiential touch points and events, so audience can look out for the latest movies, alternative content and screenings. Cinema refurbishment will carry on, along with the opening of new cinemas with even better technology and enhanced level of comfort.”
Health, Sports and Wellness
Choo Ling Er
A car accident in 2009 broke both Ling Er’s legs, but this triathlete with a never-say-die attitude defied doctor’s expectations – and launched a spectacular comeback within a year. “For eight months I was confined to a wheelchair and crutches,” the 28-year-old recounted.
“I spent every single day planning my comeback. Once I left the hospital, I joined the Philippines Ironman 70.3, which I trained for only four months – and won in my age group!”
Ling Er recently returned from the Kona Hawaii Ironman World Championships 2015. Not only is she the first Singaporean to make history by qualifying for the race two years in a row, she clocked her personal best at Kona, and was the first Southeast Asian to complete the race in her age group.
Science and Technology
Dr Ong Soh-Khim
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
National University of Singapore
By becoming an ambassador for the Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) programme initiated by the Singapore Committee for UN Women, Dr Ong, who is in her 40s, conducts workshops that encourage female students to pursue these fields as careers.
“I hope to eliminate the implied gender traits – for example, women being stereotyped as being emotional as opposed to being objective – that cause females to be perceived as non-competent in these fields. By raising awareness of the opportunities available, more young girls may pursue careers in STEM. All this will go towards dispelling the myth that women are not suitable for these industries.”
Most Inspiring Award
DaySpring New Life Centre
A nation with heart – that is what this 39-year-old hopes to achieve through Dayspring New Life Centre, which she established last November. A shelter for women struggling with unsupported pregnancies, DaySpring provides counselling, as well as referrals for foster care and adoption.
“My work is primarily responding to crises, but underlining all that is family reconciliation,” said Jennifer, who had two abortions as a teenager, “As men and women learn to become good parents, children grow up knowing they are loved and wanted. Stronger families make a stronger nation. And the strength of a nation is seen in the way we treat the most vulnerable members of our society – children.”
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