International Women’s Day 2023, with its theme Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality, focuses on the necessity of preserving the rights of women and girls in digital environments and fighting online and ICT-facilitated gender-based violence. It also explores the implications of the growing economic and social disparities caused by the digital gender gap.
To mark the day, SEGi University’s Faculty of Business, Accounting and Law, under the guidance of their Senior Lecturer, Dilashenyi Devi, organised and hosted an event to honour twenty-two Malaysian women from diverse industries for their accomplishments and to promote women’s ongoing efforts to achieve equality as they pursue careers in stereotypically masculine fields.
Stella Lau, Managing Director of SEGi University and Colleges, gave her opening speech highlighting this opportunity to evaluate achievements, advocate for change, and celebrate the bravery and tenacity of everyday women who have made tremendous contributions to the history of their nations and communities.
Among the distinguished guests, three speakers imparted their expert thoughts to the audience. Dato Dr Florance Mano Ranjitham Sinniah, Founder and President of Pertubuhan Kebajikan Sneham Malaysia, spoke about the importance of helping women stay away from suicide. Dr Noor Haliza Yussoff, Senior Consultant in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine, spoke about the significance of women’s health. Our third speaker, Yang Berbahagia Datuk Dr Alice Prethima Michael, a specialist in gynaecology, cosmetic surgery and medical aesthetics, spoke about the value of personal grooming in raising women’s self-confidence.
One major attraction of the event was an experiment in which our students used a “labour pain stimulator”, a device that can simulate labour contrations, to try to mimic the discomfort of childbirth. The staff of Amazing Postnatal Care, Setia Alam, were invited to run this programme for both our female and male students, and those who participated were given certificates.
This was a heartwarming and thought-provoking event that hopes to have made great strides in supporting women everywhere.