A reader on Her World Woman of the Year: 'These two amazing women have shown me what a woman can do'

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As a young woman, I am greatly inspired by Dr Sudha Nair’s and Ms Jenny Tay’s achievements to give back to society in my own way (“Protector of abuse victims named Woman of the Year“).

Dr Nair, executive director of Promoting Alternatives to Family Violence, received the Her World Woman of the Year award – given to women who have contributed to society and are role models for other women – for her work with victims of spousal abuse.

Her display of strength and determination to help countless victims of spousal abuse is a firm source of motivation for other women out there to be agents of change too.

Ms Tay, managing director of Direct Funeral Services, received the Her World Young Woman Achiever Award, in recognition of her efforts in transforming the funeral services industry in Singapore.

These two awards signify how the gender status is changing and how more women are empowered to effect positive changes in their own society.

My will to serve has been strengthened by these two amazing women, who have shown me what a woman can do.

Their awards will be not only a source of motivation for themselves but also a source of empowerment to young women like me.

The values they embody and their sheer strength have filled me with determination to continue with my own engagement in the community.

A version of this story was originally published in The Straits Times on August 26, 2016. For more stories like this, head to www.straitstimes.com.