So MediaCorp runs the Singapore Woman Award annually to recognise the achievements of women in Singapore for being leaders in their field + socially responsible, and who serve as role models for Singapore women.
How it works: Public nominations, then whittling down to 10, then to 3 honourees, then one emerges. (Info based on comments by Georgina Chang, Chair of the SWA 2011, on Prime Time Morning segment April 13.) The selection process including both public voting as well as a panel of judges, comprising:
- Laura Hwang, President, International Women’s Forum, Singapore
- Elim Chew, Founder & President, 77th Street (S) Pte Ltd
- Florence Lian, Managing Director, Radio, MediaCorp Pte Ltd
Official news announcement on TODAY here.
SWA 2011 Gala Dinner: The Announcement
The MediaCorp CEO strode up on stage to announce the results of the Singapore Woman Award 2011. "She's not gonna win, She's not gonna win" we whispered to ourselves ... Bernise had "prepared" us in advance that the other contestants were favourites, and we were bracing ourselves for that "so near and yet so far moment"... So when Lucas Chow started reading a citation about how the winner had successfully networked and educated youth to lead social change, we stared at each other with wide-eyes and silly grins.
"I think Bernise just won Woman of the Year!" we said to no one in particular.
And so she did, with a look of complete disbelief on her face. Taking a moment to collect herself, she received the award, and thanked those who had supported her.
When asked to give a few words she said something unusual, despite being red-faced on one glass of white wine: "I really shouldn't be here. I'm really humbled. Because the reason why I'm here is the result of the work of so many others before me, and I am only one of a broader movement that's working to create change in the world. This award should really go to the women – the people – out there being the change they want to see".
It was still a great moment for us all, nonetheless - and we savoured it.
Congratulations Bernise! We're proud of Syinc, and we're proud of you.
Check out Bernise's TV interview 13 April on Prime Time Morning, Channel News Asia!