Targetted approach

WOMEN in Business (WIB) has received a considerable number of quality applications and nominations for its annual awards to be held at the Grand Pacific Hotel Suva next month.

This comes as the applications and nominations for the WIB awards officially closed on a high note on Wednesday with its last drive at the GPH.

According to WIB president Dr Nur Bano Ali, the WIB executive team had taken a different approach this year towards its application and nomination drive.

This year, Dr Ali said, they particularly sought after corporate organisations, including government ministries in getting employers, managers and staff members to submit nominations in the various WIB awards categories.

“The response we received from these nomination drives was tremendous and while we are closing applications today, some of the organisations have requested to submit their nominations later,” Dr Ali said.

“What we’ve also been doing, other than holding forums like this where we invite people to be part of the application drive and put up their nominations or for their friends, we have been targeting offices.”

Dr Ali said they had similar sessions including speed networking forums at various organisations such as Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), Kontiki Finance, Fijian Holdings Ltd (FHL) and government ministries.

“We have been targeting organisations where we have been going to present about the awards and then we’ve found that very useful.

“What this has done to us is not only did it make it easier for the women in terms of the awareness and also the employers. They then discuss and notice the lack of adequacy in numbers of women in their organisation.

“We have found that targeted approach very useful, event after the drive closes today, we’ve got organisations going to talk to their women and just to keep the networking going.”

The nominations and applications will now be sorted and judged by a high panel of professionals from a cross section of industries.

The awards, which was launched in Suva earlier in February, honours Fiji’s outstanding businesswomen who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their business or profession and in their service to the community.

The WIB awards are in four categories — Business Woman of the Year, Executive Woman of the Year, Manager of the Year and Aspiring Entrepreneur of the Year.

The event will be themed ‘Times Up’ to join the global campaign on speaking out against the systemic abuse of women.

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