Malaysia: Tenaganita director Irene Fernandez & guests pay tribute to Myanmar women refugees Print E-mail

 Kuala Lumpur ~ Friday March 14, 2014

Support for Myanmar women refugees

 Three Myanmar women showing their handicraft.

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day is celebrated in more than 175 countries worldwide on March 8. The day is heralded as an opportunity to honour women from the past, present and future.

In conjunction with this day, virtual shopping mall Lazada Malaysia and Tanma Federation paid tribute to Myanmar refugee women with an evening of celebration, empowerment and fundraising at Palate Palette Bar and Restaurant.

The event’s tagline was “Together We are Stronger Women”.
  About 100 invited guests, refugees and VIPs attended the event, including human rights activist and Tenaganita director Irene Fernandez and UNHCR representatives.

The evening also featured cultural performances by the refugee women and a video presentation of several community projects.

“We are pleased to honour the Myanmar refugee women with a donation to benefit the centres and school,” said Lazada Malaysia chief executive officer Igor Pezzilli.

“In 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 among women and respects the dreams, hopes and will of these women,” he added.

Lazada regional business development manager Ann Khoo said, “I have battled with Tourette’s syndrome and can relate to the Myanmar women’s struggle for equal opportunity and financial independence.

“We are incredibly thankful for this contribution as it is a recognition of our efforts. The challenge for us now is to see how we can best raise awareness within our own influence to ensure that Tanma Federation grows from strength to strength,” Fernandez said.

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 Myanmar refugee women in Malaysia.

More than 40,000 ethnic Myanmar women are currently seeking refuge in Malaysia