— Twenty-one women of various backgrounds in Perak, including a cleaner and a security guard, were named recipients of the Iron Lady Awards from the Ipoh South Rotary Club in conjunction with the International Women’s Day celebration here, last night.
R. Nagasvary, 58, said she was overwhelmed to receive such an award and was also grateful that her contribution as a cleaner at a villa in Tambun was being appreciated.
The mother of four who started her duty as early as 7 am admitted that she sometimes felt tired of doing works such as sweeping and watering plants every day, but remained committed to her job.
“My children are not really happy that I have to work at this age since four years ago but I want to do it anyway and generate my own income. Besides, I’m still healthy and able to work,” she told reporters at the event at the Royal Ipoh Club here.
All winners received a certificate and a plaque which were presented by the Perak Women’s Development Department director S. Kavaramma. Also present were the Ipoh South Rotary Club president Pathma Dewi, Pertubuhan Wanita Prihatin Perak (PWPP) chairman Datin Normah Hanum Ibrahim and state Exco member Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi.
Another recipient, G. Kalayvani, 47, said she never thought that her service as a security guard at Sekolah Kebangsaan Gurukalgidhar Buntong here for the last three years would receive such recognition.
The mother of two said her duties were very challenging especially since the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I have to work extra hard to ensure all pupils and teachers are protected from the pandemic by adhering to the standard operating procedures such as maintaining physical distance and wearing face masks,” she said.
Earlier, Kavaramma in her speech said the awards aimed at inspiring all women who have contributed a lot to society to continue their hard work, regardless of their background, ethnicity, language, culture and economic status.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency