SEGi Pioneers Gender Equality with #DigitALL International Women’s Day Celebration
SEGi University & Colleges, a trailblazer in higher education, is not just shaping the future of academia but spearheading transformative initiatives that echo its core values of diversity and inclusivity. In its relentless pursuit of excellence over 46 years, the institution has positioned ‘Diversification’ as a cornerstone, creating an inclusive and equitable learning environment beyond traditional academic boundaries.
The recent International Women’s Day celebration at SEGi marked a global acknowledgement of women’s contributions and underscored the institution’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) – Gender Equality.
Driving SDG 5: Gender Equality
As the world recognises International Women’s Day on 8 March, SEGi’s Managing Director, Stella Lau, emphasised the institution’s dedication to the SDGs, aligning its mission with the global call to action set forth by the United Nations in 2015. The International Women’s Day celebration is a testament to SEGi’s commitment to SDG 5, which focuses on fostering Gender Equality.
This year’s theme, #DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality, reflects SEGi’s forward-looking approach to addressing the gender gap in the digital world. Recognising that almost 40% of women lack internet access, SEGi is proactively working towards empowering women in the virtual space, especially considering that 75% of future jobs will be related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Stella Lau emphasised the need for education on gender equality. She encouraged supporting women in daily life, speaking out against gender discrimination, championing women-focused groups, and participating in digital campaigns.
A Celebration of Inspiring Women
SEGi’s Faculty of Business, Accounting and Law (FoBAL) took a commendable step by bringing together 22 inspiring women who shared their journeys and experiences in achieving success in their respective industries. Distinguished guests, including Datuk Dr Florance Manoranjitham Sinniah, Dr Noor Haliza Yussoff, and Datuk Dr Alice Prethima Michael, added depth to the event by sharing their expertise.
The celebration went beyond discussions and included experiential elements, such as a ‘labour pain stimulator’, allowing attendees to empathise with the discomfort of childbirth. SEGi also organised the “Walk in Her Shoes” Challenge, led by Jaclyn Wong, encouraging male staff and students to swap their regular footwear for heels, symbolising support for women, celebrating diversity, and fostering empathy.
SEGi’s Ongoing Commitment
SEGi University & Colleges is not merely responding to the call for gender equality on specific occasions; it’s ingrained in its everyday operations and initiatives. By actively participating in events like International Women’s Day, focusing on technology, empowerment, and experiential learning, SEGi continues to drive home the importance of gender equality, creating a campus environment where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive.
In its pursuit of the next normal, SEGi remains steadfast in its commitment to achieving SDG 5, demonstrating that education is about imparting knowledge and shaping a future where gender equality is the norm, not the exception.