BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
WOMEN public figures and entrepreneurs shared personal experiences of their journey as businesspersons and career women in an event dubbed ‘Women’s Heart’ held in conjunction with International Women’s Month.
Celebrating the achievements of women the one-day charity event was hosted by Jerudong Park Country Club (JPCC) Sdn Bhd.
Datin Paduka Hjh Intan Haji Mohd Kassim, the president of Community Welfare Council (MKM), spoke of her time working with the Royal Brunei Police Force.
“I have always wanted to be a police officer and working in a male dominated career, you have to earn respect (from male colleagues). I can do what they can do and in some occassions, I did bettter than them,” she said.
“I still remember what my Commissioner at that time told me – ‘You are not a police woman, you are a police officer’. That was what influenced me to perform well in my duties and not let gender become an excuse for you not to do your job,” added Datin Paduka Hjh Intan.
For fitness instructors turned entrepreneurs Ernie Nisrinah Hj Abdul Rani and Nurfarahin Nordin, opening a women’s gym was greatly inspired by their passion to get fit and healthy.
“We saw the need to have a women’s gym because not all females are comfortable to be in the same gym with men. Opening up a business on the other hand is something that we have been dreaming of and with the skills and knowledge we have for workouts then we thought, why not do a female-only gym,” said co-founder of WOW Gym, Ernie.
Also present as speakers were Dr Hjh Mona Yati Dato Seri Laila Jasa Hj Mohd Kassim, the founder and CEO of Mubn Learning and Growth Company and Tarbiyyah Global and Hjh Noorafzah Dato Paduka Hj Ahmad, the owner of Swensen’s Cafe and Restaurant and The Colony Tea Room.