PETALING JAYA: Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah (pic) has been awarded the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Medal of Service.
Its World Board chair Ana Maria Mideros said the WAGGGS Medal of Service was the highest form of recognition that the organisation could bestow.
“It is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves in their outstanding service to Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting at both national and global levels, and whose service is considered to be exceptional, noteworthy and extraordinary in nature.
“As members of the World Board and the staff team, we are immensely grateful for your passion, commitment and for the years of dedicated service that you have given to the movement throughout your life, as demonstrated by your many roles and achievements within the movement, ” said Mideros in a letter on Thursday (July 16).
Mideros said the association was looking forward to presenting Her Majesty with the Medal of Service and official certificate, either in person at the World Conference in 2021, or by other means.
The Queen’s roles within the movement included serving as president of the Girl Guides Association of Malaysia, Pahang branch; deputy president of the Girl Guides Association of Malaysia; Royal Patron of Girl Guides Association of Malaysia and Global Girls Fund Ambassadors for WAGGGS and Board member of the Olave Baden-Powell Society.
Since 2015, Tunku Azizah has also been the Royal Patron of the Friends of Asia Pacific WAGGGS (FAPW) with members from 31 countries in the Asia Pacific region and the rest of the world.
“This award is given in special recognition of your tireless dedication and support to the Girl Guide and Girl Scout Movement across the world.
“Your passion for working with girls and young women and empowering them as the next generation of leaders and active global citizens is renowned.
“You have been an active advocate for the rights of women and girls, particularly in speaking out against child marriage, and in promoting the education of children and eradication of poverty.
“There are many individuals within Malaysia, the Asia Pacific region and across the world that you have personally inspired and empowered to become agents of change in their communities, ” added Mideros.
She also acknowledged Tunku Azizah’s works within Malaysia including in the establishment of the Tunku Azizah Fertility Foundation, sewing clubs in Kuantan, the Tengku Ampuan Besar Meriam Tenun Pahang Diraja Skills Institute, and the Tenun Pahang Diraja project at Penor Prison.
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