Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) marked International Women’s Day with the Community for Brunei’s Women Empowered Conference, aimed at empower women through sharing inspirational stories from the challenges of working mothers and to provide awareness for women to constantly improve and strive for a healthy work-life balance.
Among the activities organised for the conference was a roundtable talk, held in collaboration with the ASEAN Youth Advocates Network (AYAN), which brings together female professionals from various backgrounds as key drivers in leading the conversation on power and gender in the workplace. BIBD Chief Marketing Officer Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Jaafar was present.
The roundtable talk aimed to foster a productive dialogue for both established and emerging female leaders to share their insights and experiences.
Hajah Nurul Akmar said, “BIBD has always been committed to promoting the empowerment of women. For example, BIBD SEED, one of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives is aimed at empowering underprivileged mothers by providing them with the skills and opportunities to succeed as business owners.
“In fact, this programme won the 3G Women’s Empowerment Awards at the Global Good Governance Awards.
“Currently BIBD SEED is in its third cohort, supporting 10 mothers on their journey to become successful entrepreneurs.”
She added, “We strongly believe that success can only be achieved when we support each other and lift each other up. Through our initiatives and involvements as well as our role as a Partner in Progress for the nation, we will always look for ways to support the less fortunate, to give opportunities and empower those who may not be blessed with the same opportunities.”
Among the notable and distinguished speakers were Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darrusalam Tiffany McDonald and Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman, also the Principal Architect and Director of EcoBumiArkitek.