KUALA LUMPUR (10 March 2014) – Celebrated annually on March 8th in more than 175 countries worldwide, International Women’s Day is heralded as an opportunity to celebrate past, present and future women.
For its part, Lazada Malaysia, the largest virtual shopping mall, paid tribute to Burmese refugee women alongside Tanma Federation in an evening of celebration, empowerment and fundraising at Palate Palette Bar and Restaurant on March 7th to the tagline ‘Together We Are Stronger Women’.
Approximately 100 invited guests, refugees and VIPs’ attended the evening including Human Rights Activist and Director of NGO, Tenaganita, Irene Fernandez and UNHCR representatives.
The evening began with warm welcoming speeches followed by cultural performances by the refugee women and a video presentation of the community projects.
“We are pleased to honour the Burmese refugee women with a donation to the benefit of the centers and school”, said Igor Pezzilli, Chief Executive Officer of Lazada Malaysia. “By doing so we hope to inspire the community to tackle the evolving challenges and support the needs of these women.”
“As an equal opportunity employer, Lazada Malaysia encourages an entrepreneurial spirit amongst women and respects the dreams, hopes and will of these women,” he added.
Ann Khoo, Regional Business Development Manager of Lazada said, “I have battled with Tourette syndrome and therefore I am able to relate to the Burmese women’s struggle for an equal opportunity and financial independence to live happily and independently. I am grateful to Lazada Malaysia for providing me with a wonderful opportunity in my journey to carve a name for myself in the e-Commerce industry.”
“We are incredibly thankful for this contribution from Lazada Malaysia as it is a recognition of our efforts. The challenge for each one of us here now is to see how we can best raise awareness within our own influence to ensure that Tanma Federation grows from strength to strength”, Irene Fernandez, Human Rights Activist and Director of NGO, Tenaganita commented on the significance of the donation.
The donation will allow Tanma Federation to move forward with plans for existing and new projects that will raise public awareness on the situation of Burmese refugee women in Malaysia as more than 40,000 ethnic Burmese women are currently seeking refuge at present time.