BurdaLuxury Celebrates #IWD2022 with Inspiring Women Across the Region.

BurdaLuxury Celebrates #IWD2022 with Inspiring Women Across the Region.

At BurdaLuxury, we’re proud to be an organisation where women make up 60% of our team. This International Women’s Day, we asked our colleagues about the importance of gender parity, the obstacles they’ve overcome over the course of their careers, and the advice they want to share with other women. Happy Women's Day!

This International Women’s Day, we’re continuing to shine a light on the achievements of women around the world. Whether it’s through Travel+Leisure India & South Asia’s #WomenontheMarch campaign or Lifestyle Asia Bangkok’s new digital cover celebrating Chayanit “Pat” Chansangavej’s acting journey, having women at the helm of our brands enables us to share more stories of inspiring women. In the second part of our #IWD2022 series, we hear from more of our colleagues on the importance of empowering women, gender equality and their words of advice for other women.

Stephanie Ip

Managing Editor, Prestige Hong Kong

What is one thing that you wish would be different for women in society?

"I'm about to become a mother for the first time, and the joys of having a child is mixed with the concerns I have about my career – how soon can I return to work, and in what capacity? And whether being a mother will mean that I would have to make sacrifices in my career aspirations. Society today still largely see males as the breadwinners and females as the caretakers when it comes to family. What I wish could be different for women in society today would be to acknowledge the needs for mothers who still want a career, for companies to offer the support for mothers who still want to work and to grow, and also to acknowledge the fathers too, who might want to be more involved in raising their child."

Meher Bajwa

Deputy Regional Director of Digital Operations

How important is gender parity in organisations?

"It is key for any successful organisation that not only believes in, but also practices the principle of equal opportunity and representation. Speaking of BurdaLuxury, my career here over the past eight years is one of the many examples that demonstrate the company's commitment to this."

Shatricia Nair

Managing Editor, Lifestyle Asia Singapore

What is the one thing you wish would be different for women in society?

"That all women be given an equal say without having to apologise or feel bad for having strong opinions or emotions, whether at home or at work. (Oh, and pay parity.)" 

Aindrila Mitra

Editor-in-Chief, Travel+Leisure India & South Asia

What would be your piece of advice that you would like to share with girls and women across the world?

"Never say ‘never’, and always dare to dream." 

Venita (Netty) Prommaporn

Regional Head of Communications & Corporate Development

How important is gender parity in organisations?

"Achieving gender balance is so important in organisations, especially at the leadership level. Not only does better representation promote more diverse opinions and perspectives, but it’s also linked to increased innovation and business growth. At BurdaLuxury in particular it’s really great to see lots of women in leadership – 3 out of 4 of our Managing Directors are women!" 

Naseem Randhawa

Managing Editor, Prestige Malaysia

What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome as a woman?

"One of the biggest challenges I have faced throughout my working life is having to defend my ideas and decisions even more so than my seasoned or male peers. Maybe it’s due to my age or the fact that Editors are typically expected to be more domineering, but I don’t believe in that. Representing the next generation and the values we stand for, I believe our voice matters and seniority, being a male, or having the loudest voice in the room doesn’t necessarily mean one is right. Kindness and respect above all else matters. Treat others as you want to be treated." 

Yvonne Yip

Sales Director, BurdaLuxury Hong Kong

What would be your piece of advice that you would like to share with girls and women across the world?

"Be brave and confident – the future is in your hands. Stay positive !!"

Watchareeporn (Nok) Sanpong

Financial Controller, BurdaLuxury Bangkok

How important is gender parity in organisations?

"Gender parity is very important, we should be putting an emphasis on creating and expanding equal opportunities for all individuals regardless of their gender, sexual orientation and gender identity."

Crystal Lee

Digital Editor, Prestige Singapore

What would be your piece of advice that you would like to share with girls and women across the world?

"Be brave and confident – the I wish single mothers in Singapore are given the same entitlements, privileges, and benefits that a traditional heterosexual family receives. These women face many hurdles legally – on housing, paid leaves, grants, inheritance, child support – on top of having to raise a child on their own."

Annesha Sanyal

Head of Brand Solutions, Burda Media India

What would be your piece of advice that you would like to share with girls and women across the world?

"To all the girls and women across the world, I just want to say - You are your ultimate role model. You’re beautiful, inspiring, unique and you’re amazing. Know that about yourself, love yourself & appreciate yourself. At all times, look back at everything you’ve accomplished, fought for and managed to achieve — and let that be your motivator for the coming chapters."

Valerie Leong

Head of Sales, BurdaLuxury Singapore

What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome as a woman?

"The biggest obstacle as a woman is to always be able to manage the expectations from everyone - to be a good mother, a good wife, a good worker/boss, a good friend, a good daughter."

Maneekan Viratham Poonsawat

Regional Senior Executive - Communications & Corporate Development