KUALA LUMPUR: A woman who inspires, empowers and enlightens will be the perfect candidate to receive the Women's Institute of Management's (WIM) inaugural award, said its chairman Datuk Napsiah Omar.
The Dr Siti Hasmah WIM Woman of the Year award will be given out in conjunction with WIM's 10th anniversary and to pay tribute to the nation's first lady.
“The winner will be someone who has overcome adversities and the odds to be successful. She should be an inspiration to women,” Datuk Napsiah told a press conference yesterday.
The award is open to all Malaysian women and WIM will look for “unsung heroines,” she said.
The nominee must have struggled against what were considered challenging odds, such as poverty, social and emotional deprivation, physical disability, ill health and discrimination.
Closing date for nominations is Nov 15. The winner will be announced in January.
The prizes are RM20,000 from Southern Bank (which will be used to fund a WIM project for disadvantaged women chosen by and named after the winner), a year's use of a Ford Escape, a Langkawii Crystaal Award trophy, Habib Jewels jewellery, Kens Apothecary beauty and health products, a year's supply of Her World and Jelita magazines and an Hour Glass watch.
Candidates will be judged based on their personal background (30%), educational qualifications (20%), career success (25%) and contributions to the community (25%).
Nomination forms can be obtained at WIM, First floor, Wisma WIM, 7, Jln Abang Haji Openg, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur or by calling 03-7725 0268/88 or 03-7729 9909.
One could also e-mail email@example.com or visit www .wimnet.org.my
The forms are also available at selected Southern Bank Bhd and Habib Jewels branches, Ford Motors showrooms, Langkawii Crystaal Sdn Bhd, Kens Apothecary and in the October and November issues of Her World and Jelita.