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The Singapore Women’s Weekly honours Singapore’s outstanding women achievers at Great Women of Our Time 2014

Singapore, 25 September 2014 – The Singapore Women’s Weekly, one of Singapore’s most popular women’s magazines published by SPH Magazines Pte Ltd, announced the winners for this year’s Great Women of Our Time Awards, an annual award that honours the achievements of the nation’s most inspiring women. 

These women were honoured at the gala dinner and award presentation at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore tonight.  The Guest of Honour was Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education.

Winners for the categories are:

Arts and Media
Wahyuni A. Hadi
Executive Director of the Singapore International Film Festival, Co-producer of IIo IIo and Co-founder of Objectifs Films

Ilo Ilo became the first Singapore feature film to win the Camera d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. It also scored the Best Film and Best New Director awards at the 50th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei – and as its co-producer, Wahyuni could not be happier. Her film distribution company Objectifs Films supports Singapore-made short films and documentaries. Wahyuni is now focusing on revitalising the SGIFF, which has been defunct for two years. 

Wahyuni said: “We have a bare bones budget. But I do not allow myself to think about failure. Singapore needs a film festival to call our own!”

Design and Style
Jying Tan
Artist and Part-time Lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts in LaSalle College of the Arts

Jying’s installation art pieces are showcased at galleries and installation sites in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Turkey. She was invited to be part of the influential OH! Open House installation event in 2010, where she created a room filled with objects made of packing materials - her work caused such a buzz it is now a reference point for LASALLE students, where she teaches painting and studio drawing. Two years ago, Jying also became the youngest artist ever to take part in the prestigious international residency programme, Tokyo Wondersite. 

Jying said: “I hope to contribute through exhibitions, education and forming a platform for young artists to exhibit their work.”

Education and Public Service
Chia Yong Yong
Nominated Member of Parliament, President, Society for the Physically Disabled, and Partner, Yusarn Audrey Law Firm

Yong Yong wants to create a more inclusive community for those with disabilities. Under her watch, the SPD launched the Infocomm Accessibility Centre (IAC), which houses Asia’s first Assistive Technology Loan Library, and the Work Development Agency-certified IT Apprenticeship Programme. She also created the SPD Youth Aspiration Award in 2010 to help students explore the arts, social work and sports arenas. 

Yong Yong said: “I see normalcy as about being part of a community, having self-worth and being given the opportunity to contribute to society.”

Finance and Commerce
Dora Hoan
Group CEO and Founder of Best World International

Dora built her direct selling business from scratch. Now it has expanded into 11 regions across Asia Pacific, including Taiwan, Australia and South Korea, with 300 employees and over 310,000 independent distributors and customers. It is also the first and only direct selling company listed on the Singapore Exchange Mainboard. Dora has implemented mentorship systems, both within her company (through the Best World World Learner student exchange programme), as well as globally, through her role as the Chairperson of Association Services Committee for the World Federation of Direct Selling Association.

Dora said: “To be a leader, you have to learn to be generous and give other people the leeway to perform.”

Dora Hoan is also the winner of the Reader’s Vote: Most Inspiring Award 2014, selected based on a QR code poll conducted among readers of the September 2014 issue.

Health, Sports and Wellness
May Ooi
Professional Women’s Mixed Martial Arts Fighter and ex-SEA Games Gold Medalist for Swimming

May swam competitively for 18 years and represented Singapore in the Olympics. She also completed a medical degree, and then founded a capoeira school with branches in Singapore and Indonesia. Her latest incarnation is as pioneer WMMA fighter, but it hasn't been easy – her maiden competitive MMA victory came at the age of 37, after her fight against an Australian who already had three pro fights under her belt. But May won. She sees so much potential for better coaching and training opportunities here. 

May said: “I’m feeling my way through the MMA world now, because I want to create a path. I want the girls of the future to have a good baseline.”

Science and Technology
Dr Ho Ching Lin
Clinical Head and Senior Consultant of Glaucoma Service at the Singapore National Eye Centre and Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

Dr Ho likes challenges – which is why she completed two full medical training programmes in paediatrics and ophthalmology. As head of the Clinical Glaucoma Service at SNEC, Dr Ho oversees 10 consultant glaucoma specialists, and with her team, manages over 35,000 outpatient visits and 3,000 glaucoma surgeries yearly. As the pioneer of angle surgery for childhood glaucoma, Dr Ho is also one of the first in the region to specialise in this field. 

Dr Ho said: “I want to find more effective forms of treating glaucoma, with less surgical complications than what’s available currently.”

Tara Barker, Editor-in-Chief of The Singapore Women’s Weekly, said: “The stellar group of leaders nominated this year is doing such amazing work. These women are inspiring many with their achievements.”

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Whether it be the latest celebrity news, fashion or beauty trends, food and interiors or relationship and money advice, The Singapore Women’s Weekly helps the time-poor, cash-rich Singapore woman navigate her hectic life with ease and confidence. 

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