Ooredoo Wins 2 Stevie Awards for Women in Business
Top Female Business Awards Recognise Ongoing Commitment towards Gender Parity and Women’s Empowerment
Two of Ooredoo’s leading initiatives and campaigns to champion women have been recognised by the annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, the world’s top honours for women entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run.
Ooredoo received a Silver Stevie® Award in the category of ‘Community Involvement Program of the Year’ for Indosat Ooredoo’s Women Empowerment Program (INSPERA), an initiative that focuses on empowering Indonesia’s rural ‘womenpreneurs’ by offering functional training through the use of mobile technology, professional training master classes and talk shows with leading female founders and officials. INSPERA has committed to further increase the number of women connected to mobile internet in Indonesia from 40% to 43% by 2020 (over 7 million women).
The Group also received a Silver Stevie® Award in the category of ‘Community Relations’ for Indosat Ooredoo’s Women Migrant Worker Empowerment Program which partnered with Indonesia’s Ministry of Labour to create an empowerment program specifically focused on upskilling Indonesian women migrant workers, a neglected segment of the Indonesian community. The program equips the migrant workers to become more employable and aims to increase their entrepreneurial skills to foster independence in their home countries without the need to work abroad, improve their competitiveness as well as prevent human trafficking.
H.E. Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, Group CEO, Ooredoo, said: “Ooredoo has a longstanding commitment to equal opportunities and to empowering women. Gender parity stands at the core of Ooredoo’s social responsibility efforts across all our markets and we are incredibly proud of these achievements. We are constantly working hard to accelerate and grow the female digital economy for women to overcome the barriers which prevent them from achieving their fullest potential.”
Alexander Rusli, President and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo said: “We are grateful for the international community’s support of our Women Empowerment programmes, which serve to improve the quality of life for Indonesian women. These two awards demonstrate how our teams work to catalyse change and improve the quality of life of Indonesia’s underserved women including rural ‘womenpreneurs’ and migrant workers. We will continue to develop the program to help Indonesian women improve their daily lives, realise their greatest dreams and aspirations.”
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business Awards and International Business Awards. The 2016 competition attracted more than 1,400 nominations from organisations of all types in 22 nations.
Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives, Myanmar and Indonesia. The company was named “Most Innovative Company of the Year – MEA Region” at the 2015 International Business Awards.
The company reported revenues of USD 8.8 billion in 2015 and had a consolidated global customer base of 117 million customers as of 31 December 2015. Ooredoo’s shares are listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.