Her World Woman of the Year & Young Woman Achiever Awards 2007

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SPH Magazines Pte Ltd (SPH Magazines), the Publisher of Choice, is proud to present the annual Her World Woman of the Year Awards. Every year, SPH Magazines gives out these prestigious awards under the banner of Her World to outstanding Singaporean women who have contributed significantly to society, have projected the best image of our nation and are inspirational role models to other women. Her World Woman of the Year 2007* is the first Singaporean woman who is Executive secretary of UN Escap(Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), Dr Noeleen Heyzer. Her World Young Woman Achiever 2007* is social activist and business consultant, Ms Melissa Aratani Kwee.

SPH Magazines Pte Ltd, the Publisher of Choice, is proud to present the annual Her World Woman of the Year Awards. Every year, SPH Magazines gives out these prestigious awards under the banner of Her World to outstanding Singaporean women who have contributed significantly to society, have projected the best image of our nation and are inspirational role models to other women.

The Her World Woman Of The Year 2007 Award and the Young Woman Achiever of 2007 Award will be presented at a gala dinner on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at the Four Seasons Hotel Ballroom. Minister George Yeo will be the Guest-of-Honour.

Her World Woman of the Year 2007 is the first Singaporean woman who is Executive secretary of UN Escap(Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), Dr Noeleen Heyzer. She is the first Singaporean woman to hold the senior rank of under-secretary-general of the United Nations, heading the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap), the regional development arm of the UN for the Asia-Pacific region and the biggest of the UN's five regional commissions. She is credited with putting issues affecting women high on the agenda of the United Nations, and had strengthened women's economic security and rights, ending violence against women and combating HIV/Aids. Dr Heyzer was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

Her World Young Woman Achiever 2007* is social activist and business consultant, Ms Melissa Aratani Kwee. From 2002 to 2006, as President of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Melissa initiated groundbreaking projects such as the Stop Demand for Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children Campaign and Financial Education for Migrant Women Workers. In 2006, she founded "Beautiful People", a volunteer programme that enables professionals to mentor teenage girls who lack strong social and family support. Melissa currently chairs the non-profit group Halogen Foundation, which aims to inspire and influence a generation of young leaders. For her dedication to the youth community, she was conferred the Singapore Youth Award 2007.

The Her World Woman of the Year Award is now in its 17th year, while the Young Woman Achiever Award which was introduced in 1999, is in its 9th year. This year's winners were chosen for their active global roles, significant contributions in the area of championing women's rights issues and their strong moral fibre.

Elisabeth Gwee, editor of Her World, adds, "This is the most established and recognized awards event that celebrates outstanding women in Singapore. Since the inaugural award was presented to Professor Chan Heng Chee in 1991, Her World has continued to honour remarkable women who have left a lasting impression with their outstanding accomplishments, and who have continued to make a mark here and abroad."

SPH Magazines' CEO, Mr Loh Yew Seng says, "It is an honour for SPH Magazines to present these awards once again to the most deserving recipients. Her World's conviction has always been about empowering the modern woman with all the necessary information on trends and lifestyle so that they could continue to inspire society and be vanguards for all other women. All winners of this award are indeed outstanding personalities who inspire, lead, and influence, serving as role models for other women."

About SPH Magazines Pte Ltd
A leading publisher in Singapore and the region, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of media giant Singapore Press Holdings Limited.

With a proven track record for sterling editorial content & award-winning designs, SPH Magazines raises the bar as a dynamic magazine publisher. In its stable are over 100 titles in English and Chinese, covering lifestyle, fashion, beauty, society, bridal, health, men's lifestyle, movies, automobile, parenting, décor, new media and business. All the newsstand publications, including flagship title Her World, and other well-known titles such as Female, Home and Décor, Nuyou, Torque, HWM and GameAxis are among the highest-circulating titles and best-read in their respective lifestyle category.

This magazines group can also boast about its 10 luxury titles including its flagships The Peak and ICON. At the turn of 2008, SPH Magazines acquired Asia-Pacific Boating, China Boating, Jet Asia-Pacific, Luxury Properties, AsiaSpa, Polo China and Action Asia under its wholly-owned Hong Kong incorporated company Blu Inc Media (HK) Limited. This suite of titles has effectively made SPH Magazines the leading luxury magazines publisher in the Asia-Pacific region.

SPH Magazines' established editorial units also provide excellent custom publishing services to major corporate clients by producing custom lifestyle magazines, newsletters and any other collateral to meet their business needs.

In the online and IT arena, SPH Magazines also has a highly regarded presence through the portals and publications of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hardware Zone Pte Ltd. http://www.hardwarezone.com(R) is consistently been getting rave reviews through the Hitwise awards and several review watchdogs over the last 2 years such that it has become the most respected portal in Asia.

With a vision to continue growth regionally, SPH Magazines is set to become Asia's publishing powerhouse. It has publishing houses in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines. SPH Magazines in its fold have achieved strong market presence in their respective sectors, as well as distinguished track records and solid reputations.

At SPH Magazines, the promise is to deliver its best to meet the diverse needs and interests of all its stakeholders and achieve its vision to be a world class Publisher of Choice.

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