TL;DR – The OIC International Business Centre has recognised outstanding women in the business world at the Muslim World Rania Awards ceremony and in conjunction with the 8th Muslim World BIZ Exhibition and Conference 2017, the OIC International Business Centre also launched the inaugural Muslim World Women’s Summit 2017
The OIC International Business Centre has recognised outstanding women in the business world at the Muslim World Rania Awards ceremony. This follows its successful four day 8th Muslim World Business and Investment Zone (Exhibition and Conference). Dr Raja Laila Rani, the Chairman of the Muslim World Rania Award and the Deputy Chairman of the 8th Muslim World Biz, said the award presents examples of eminent women in the Muslim world who have overcome enormous challenges to achieve success.
Honoured by international business and investment magazine, OIC TODAY, the award presentation took place in a glittering ceremony at Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, presented the awards to seven recipients which represented women from various sectors globally and locally.
Among the recipients were Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Professor Emerita Dr Sharifah Hapsah Shahabudin, President of Malaysian National Council of Women’s Organisation; Datuk Mohaiyani Shamsudin, Chairman of Maybank Berhad Malaysia and Dato’ Jamelah A. Bakar, Chairman of A&W and Director of KUB Malaysia. The award was also presented to the distinguished journalist and writer from the Republic of Turkey, Sibel Eraslan; the Managing Director of Sadid Bar International Transportation Co. in Iran, Seyedeh Fatemeh Moghimi; the Rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Professor Dato’ Sri Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin and the Managing Director of Hyrax Oil Sdn Bhd, Dato’ Hazimah Zainuddin.
Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor applauded the organiser for acknowledging the contributions of the women in Muslim society. “This award embodies the basic principles, essence and values of Islam which accords equality in rewards or rights, for deeds or responsibilities,” she said at the ceremony held in conjunction with the 8th Muslim World BIZ Exhibition and Conference 2017.
The organisers wanted to present real stories of how women can be successful business leaders without compromising their other duties. Dr Raja Laila Rani said “The Muslim World Rania Award is presented to emphasise the role women play to attain comprehensive development of the Islamic economy. At the same time, it aims to inspire the youth, especially girls, in their work towards utilising rights for their benefit and the benefit ts of others.”
In conjunction with the 8th Muslim World BIZ Exhibition and Conference 2017, the OIC International Business Centre also launched the inaugural Muslim World Women’s Summit 2017. This conference aims to be the premier exclusive platform to emphasise and highlight several prominent women to exchange opinions on the issues that relate to women’s involvement in the social and corporate sectors.
Dr Raja Laila Rani said the conference brought together women leaders from various aspects of the society such as business, the arts, media, and academia to engage in meaningful dialogue. The aim was to share inspirational life stories and to explore how to amplify the message of empowerment and service to society. In her keynote address Deputy Minister of Works Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said the inaugural event helps to dispel many of the misconceptions about Muslim women widely propagated by the Western mainstream media.
She said concern for women and their rights is not confined to those residing in the Muslim world but also includes those in other parts of the world.
Speaking on gender equality in the workforce, Rosnah said in Malaysia, the average female labour participation rate is nearly 60%, with more women joining the workforce, often in top management positions. She noted that globally, the number of women participating in business, education, law, healthcare and politics has increased significantly.
She said the Muslim World Women’s Summit is an ideal platform to present the real status of Muslim women, as illustrated by the various panelists of each session. “I believe this first summit will be one of the many to be put forth on this subject of continual discovery of women, their abilities and the solace they provide.” Held at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), the 8th Muslim World Biz consists of six conferences which attracted over 2000 delegates from all over the world.
The four day event included a Round Table Talk, the OIC Women’s Summit, the Muslim World Infrastructure & Investment Conference, the OIC-Asia-Africa Trade & Economic Forum, the OIC Higher Education Fair and the World Islamic Tourism Conference & Expo.