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Her World Woman of the Year & Young Woman Achiever Awards 2007

Singapore, 26 February 2008SPH Magazines Pte Ltd (SPH Magazines), the Publisher of Choice, is proud to present the annual Her World Woman of the Year Awards. Every year, SPH Magazines gives out these prestigious awards under the banner of Her World to outstanding Singaporean women who have contributed significantly to society, have projected the best image of our nation and are inspirational role models to other women.

The Her World Woman Of The Year 2007 Award and the Young Woman Achiever of 2007 Award will be presented at a gala dinner on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at the Four Seasons Hotel Ballroom. Minister George Yeo will be the Guest-of-Honour.

Her World Woman of the Year 2007* is the first Singaporean woman who is Executive secretary of UN Escap(Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), Dr Noeleen Heyzer. Her World Young Woman Achiever 2007* is social activist and business consultant, Ms Melissa Aratani Kwee.

The Her World Woman of the Year Award is now in its 17th year, while the Young Woman Achiever Award which was introduced in 1999, is in its 9th year. This year´s winners were chosen for their active global roles, significant contributions in the area of championing women´s rights issues and their strong moral fibre.

Elisabeth Gwee, editor of Her World, adds, “This is the most established and recognized awards event that celebrates outstanding women in Singapore. Since the inaugural award was presented to Professor Chan Heng Chee in 1991, Her World has continued to honour remarkable women who have left a lasting impression with their outstanding accomplishments, and who have continued to make a mark here and abroad.”

SPH Magazines’ CEO, Mr Loh Yew Seng says, "It is an honour for SPH Magazines to present these awards once again to the most deserving recipients. Her World’s conviction has always been about empowering the modern woman with all the necessary information on trends and lifestyle so that they could continue to inspire society and be vanguards for all other women. All winners of this award are indeed outstanding personalities who inspire, lead, and influence, serving as role models for other women."

Information on *winners


HER WORLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2007 : Dr Noeleen Heyzer
(Executive secretary of UN Escap, or the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)

This year´s winner, Dr Noeleen Heyzer, is the first Singaporean woman to hold the senior rank of under-secretary-general of the United Nations. In July 2007, she was appointed to head the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap). UN Escap is the regional development arm of the UN for the Asia-Pacific region and the biggest of the UN´s five regional commissions.

Dr Heyzer, 59, is credited with putting issues affecting women high on the agenda of the United Nations. Prior to her appointment as UN Escap´s first woman chief, she was based in New York from 1994 to 2006 as the Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women. There, she worked on strengthening women´s economic security and rights, ending violence against women and combating HIV/Aids. Under her leadership, UNIFEM assisted countries to formulate and implement legislation and policies to realise women´s security and rights, and doubled its annual resource base. Praised by UN officials for her quiet determination and charm, Dr Heyzer was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

HER WORLD YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER 2007 : Ms Melissa Aratani Kwee
(Social activist and business consultant)

Since graduating from Harvard University with a degree in social anthropology, Ms Melissa Aratani Kwee, 35, has taken up leadership positions in community organisations, and spearheaded a series of youth leadership programmes, in particular, to help teenage girls find inspirational role models.

One of her earliest initiatives was Project Access, a leadership education programme for girls set up in 1996. From 2002 to 2006, as President of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Melissa initiated groundbreaking projects such as the Stop Demand for Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children Campaign and Financial Education for Migrant Women Workers. In 2006, she founded “Beautiful People”, a volunteer programme that enables professionals to mentor teenage girls who lack strong social and family support.

Melissa currently chairs the non-profit group Halogen Foundation, which aims to inspire and influence a generation of young leaders. For her dedication to the youth community, she was conferred the Singapore Youth Award 2007.

Media Invitation

Your journalists and camera/ video crew are invited to attend the press conference.

Details of the press conference:

Date: Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Venue: Crescent Room B, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

Remarks: Refreshment will be served

Please confirm your reporters´ and photographers´ attendance with me at by Friday, 29 February 2007, 5pm.

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About SPH Magazines Pte Ltd

A leading publisher in Singapore and the region, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of media giant Singapore Press Holdings Limited.

With a proven track record for sterling editorial content & award-winning designs, SPH Magazines raises the bar as a dynamic magazine publisher. In its stable are over 100 titles in English and Chinese, covering lifestyle, fashion, beauty, society, bridal, health, men´s lifestyle, movies, automobile, parenting, decor, new media and business. All the newsstand publications, including flagship title Her World, and other well-known titles such as Female, Home and Decor, Nuyou, Torque, HWM and GameAxis are among the highest-circulating titles and best-read in their respective lifestyle category.

This magazines group can also boast about its 10 luxury titles including its flagships The Peak and ICON. At the turn of 2008, SPH Magazines acquired Asia-Pacific Boating, China Boating, Jet Asia-Pacific, Luxury Properties, AsiaSpa, Polo China and Action Asia under its wholly-owned Hong Kong incorporated company Blu Inc Media (HK) Limited. This suite of titles has effectively made SPH Magazines the leading luxury magazines publisher in the Asia-Pacific region.

SPH Magazines’ established editorial units also provide excellent custom publishing services to major corporate clients by producing custom lifestyle magazines, newsletters and any other collateral to meet their business needs.

In the online and IT arena, SPH Magazines also has a highly regarded presence through the portals and publications of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hardware Zone Pte Ltd. is consistently been getting rave reviews through the Hitwise awards and several review watchdogs over the last 2 years such that it has become the most respected portal in Asia.

With a vision to continue growth regionally, SPH Magazines is set to become Asia´s publishing powerhouse. It has publishing houses in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines. SPH Magazines in its fold have achieved strong market presence in their respective sectors, as well as distinguished track records and solid reputations.

At SPH Magazines, the promise is to deliver its best to meet the diverse needs and interests of all its stakeholders and achieve its vision to be a world class Publisher of Choice.


About Her World

Her World is Singapore´s most established monthly women´s magazine with the highest readership. Her World equips today´s achieving woman with information she can use – it is Singapore’s authority on fashion and beauty, career, health, relationships, and lifestyle trends. It inspires with engaging reads, keeps its audience updated on international trends, and covers relevant issues with depth, breadth and sophistication. Her World’s monthly circulation is 62,530, audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulation. Its readership is 210,000, according to the AC Nielsen Media Index 2007, reinforcing its position as the best-read women’s magazine in Singapore. Her World is also published in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.