Unleashing the Power of Women: WoB Recognizes Exceptional Women, Expands Mandate

Women on Boards (WoB) is aiming to expanding their mandate.

The non-profit non-Governmental Organization was formed with the aim to instill more women in boards of various companies across the Maldives.

The President and the Vice President of WoB met Home Minister Azleen Ahmed, to brief the Minister on the changes made to their memorandum of association. The new amendments to the memorandum include promoting women in social sector organizations, in public governance and in providing social services. With this amendment, WoB will now work towards both economic and social empowerment of women in the Maldives.

The Minister noted that it was imperative that such changes must be made to increase female participation in leadership roles of both corporate and public sectors. He further thanked WoB for their initiative to expand the role of women in all sectors of the country and encouraged the NGO to push ahead with their mandate.

The NGO in the past week also recognized exceptional women in various fields. State Minister at Ministry of Home Affairs, Fathimath Shireen Abdullah was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Governance. Shareefa Anisa Barakba, founder of MIBS Resources and herbal consultant, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Corporate Governance. This is the first time the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to a foreign individual.

The following awards were given out as well:

  • Best woman CEO in private sector: Sheeza Imad, Chief Executive Officer, Cyza Salon
  • Best woman CEO in private sector: Hawwa Zahira, Managing Director, My Sons and Company Pvt Ltd
  • Best woman CEO in private sector: Asiyath Najeeba, Chief Executive Officer, Pleasure Tailors
  • Best women manager: Fathimath Zaeema, Secretary General, Women’s Enhancement
  • Best young women professional: Aishath Rukhshana, Assistant Manager, Engineering Division, Maldives Ports Limited
  • Leading women in Islamic finance: Irum Saba, Assistant Professor, Economics and Finance at Center for Excellence in Islamic Finance, Program Director at MS Islamic Banking and Finance and Coordinator for Research and Academics
  • Islamic Finance Young Professional Award: Basma Nizar, Deputy Manager, Shariah Unit at Maldives Islamic Bank
  • Mentor Award for Developing Female Talent Pool in Islamic Finance:
  • Mohamed Zubair, Chief Executive Officer, Al-Huda Center for Islamic Banking and Economics

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