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A leading international telecommunications company has received glowing recognition and two prestigious awards for its campaigns on Gender Parity and Women's Empowerment. Ooredoo were recognized for two of its campaigns towards its commitment to champion women in the workplace at the annual for Stevie® Award in Women in Business. The awards ceremony recognises and highlights the achievements of the world's top women entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations in which 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 increases 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.'