TOKYO: Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, wife of Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, was yesterday conferred the highest honorary award by the renowned Soka Women’s College in Tokyo.
The Soka Joshi Tanki Daigaku Saiko A Yosho award is given to people who have made significant contributions to human development.
Highest honour: Jeanne receiving a medal after being bestowed the Soka Joshi Tanki Daigaku Saiko A Yosho award from Fukushima at the Soka Women’s College in Tokyo, Japan, yesterday.
Jeanne was conferred the award for her contribution to and support of the development of women in Malaysia.
The award was presented by Katsuhiko Fukushima, the president of the Soka’s Women’s College.
Abdullah, who is on a three-day visit to Japan, was present at the ceremony.
Soka Women’s College is part of the Soka University located in Hachioji City, an hour’s drive from here. About 10 female Malaysian students are enrolled there.
In her acceptance speech, Jeanne commended women for proving that they were just as capable as men, saying “women are multi-taskers with an inbuilt ability to juggle many things simultaneously”.
“Even when we are faced with many challenges, we persevere and prove that we can be leaders and excel in our chosen fields,” said Jeanne.
She said Malaysian women had benefited from increasing access to education and training facilities as evidenced by the improvement in their literacy rates and achievements.
She also noted that women’s participation in the labour force has shown an upward trend since independence, as well as in decision making, in politics and in the economy.
Jeanne received a medal and a pin from Fukushima.
Abdullah concludes his visit to Japan today. – Bernama
So our PM wife was conferred the highest honorary award by the renowned Soka Women’s College in Tokyo. The Soka Joshi Tanki Daigaku Saiko A Yosho award is given to people who have made significant contributions to human development.
I just wanna know what has Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah contributed in Malaysian human development? I believe she did contribute to the Malaysian human development but I am not really sure.Maybe I am naive in this or unaware. If anybody can enlighten me out, you are highly respected to do so.