EMPOWERING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
Speaking at Myanmar Women’s Forum 2013 held recently at Chatrium Hotel in Yangon, the Group Executive Director of Smart Reader® Worldwide, Datin Sri Dato’ Dr K H Wang, urged women to rise up to the occasion and empower themselves by capitalising on their entrepreneurial potential.
The sole speaker representing Malaysia said, “Every woman, I believe, deserves the right to create the life that they want. They too have a crucial role in building the society and economy. By becoming entrepreneurs, women will become creative and resourceful, and they are more likely to develop businesses which will nurture local economies in a positive and sustainable way. This in turn will empower women of caliber, authority and distinction to take on global leadership roles.”
She added that it was equally important for women to realise that most people are just steps away from becoming more successful than they could possibly imagine, therefore it is essential for women to remain resilient in the face of incredible odds.
“In life, there will always be challenges. Never ever give up in the face of adversity, but rather, choose to face it with courage, wisdom and dignity. Belief is the key to unlocking vast possibilities; therefore have full faith in your ability to succeed.”
Organised by the Embassy of France and the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society (WEFCOS), with the support of Myanmar’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Settlement, the Myanmar Women’s Forum 2013 brought together more than 400 participants from various sectors throughout the world to discuss issues relating to women’s vision of Myanmar’s transition in a global environment.
WEFCOS is the world’s leading platform featuring women’s views and choices on major social and economic issues.
The forum featured some of the world’s most inspiring women leaders highlighting best practices and partnerships from the region and internationally. The much respected high-profile speakers included Myat Myat Ohn Khin, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the Rule of Law, Peace and Stability Committee of the Lower House, and Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
“The forum is a very good platform for women to get together as participants are able to gain insight, share their opinions, their experiences and their views of the speakers,” said Datin Sri Dato’ Dr K H Wang, adding that the forum should be conducted in ASEAN and other Asian countries.
In addressing the role of women in the early childhood education industry, Datin Sri Dato’ Dr K H Wang said, “I am pleased to be given the opportunity to share the success story of Smart Reader® Worldwide with other delegates. During my session, I spoke about the acronym for ‘WOMEN’, where the letters ‘W’ stands for Willpower, ‘O’ for Opportunity, ‘M’ for Motivation, ‘E’ for Enthusiasm and ‘N’ for Novelty. These are vital elements that are required for women to build a better future for themselves and their nations.”
“If I may summarise it, women should have the willpower to seize every single opportunity without hesitation. They must consistently motivate themselves with sheer enthusiasm, and strive to be novel in constantly developing unique and innovative ideas.”
Datin Sri Dato’ Dr K H Wang has certainly inspired many women through her speech. She further shared that it has been her dream to meet Aung San Suu Kyi. The Nobel Prize winner and revered national hero for the Burmese people has been an inspiration for Datin Sri to stay focused and never give up on her dreams.
Group Executive Director of Smart Reader® Worldwide, Datin Sri Dato’ Dr K H Wang with Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the Rule of Law, Peace and Stability Committee of the Lower House, Myanmar