MAS celebrates its fearless women at Abhimani 2019 | Sunday Observer

MAS celebrates its fearless women at Abhimani 2019

10 November, 2019
The award winners
The award winners

MAS’ globally benchmarked women’s empowerment program, Women Go Beyond (WGB) recognised 154 women for their exceptional achievements at the Abhimani Empowered Women of the Year Awards 2019 at the BMICH last week.

The chief guest at this, the 13th edition of the awards ceremony, was the Director, Bureau for the Prevention of Abuse of Children and Women, Superintendent of Police Lanka Rajani Amarasena.

The biennial event celebrates women who have showcased unrivaled strength in the face of adversity to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives. With women making up 70% of MAS’ 99,000 global workforce, winners were chosen from a list of 715 initial nominees from across 45 business units.

“What we originally launched as an inclusive women’s empowerment programme has today evolved into a global benchmark in ethical business practices,” said Director of Women Go Beyond and Women’s Advocacy at MAS, Shanaaz Preena.

“We are nurturing fearless, self-reliant women who are driving Sri Lanka’s economy forward, while also championing their fundamental rights on a journey to achieve gender equality for future generations of women,” she said.

This year, the ceremony awarded 46 women from MAS facilities in Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the United States of America. Nine more female associates received special awards under four award categories; women who excelled in entrepreneurship (The Venturer), innovation and continuous improvement (The Game Changer), community service and sustainability (The Spirited) and excellence in sports (The Contender).

The Frontier Challenge awarded twelve female Executives at MAS, with fourteen more women in senior leadership and managerial positions being recognised for their visionary contributions and guidance of the team.