Malaysian wins Women’s Day Award

Malaysian Dr Florence John was among women from 24 countries to receive the world Women’s Day Achiever Award 2020.

Mar 21, 2020

By Bernard Anthony
Malaysian Dr Florence John was among women from 24 countries to receive the world Women’s Day Achiever Award 2020.  Held March 8 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the event was in conjunction with International Women’s Day that falls on March 8.

Dr Florence, aged 58, is also the current Coordinator of the Parish Ministry of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (PMEIA) ministry of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She was chosen from among 75 other nominees from Malaysia and was surprised to be chosen to represent the country.

In Chennai, Dr Florence spoke on her work with Malaysian women. She said she will continue to do her best to develop women’s welfare and to enhance women entrepreneurship for family, economic and country revenue. She thanked all those who had supported her in her endeavours thus far to help women.

She began her involvement in commu nity service at the age of nine. As a crusader with Sr Alphonse, she used to visit patients in hospitals who did not have any visitors.

At the age of 18, she began to go on her own. She also teamed up with a few ladies from Hindu Sangam. “We arranged to bury  the dead from KL Hospital who had no family or friends, according to their religious customs,” she added. “We used our own funds to do this.

Dr Florence has also worked with several Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to counsel women who are facing numerous crisis or problems. She also refers or direct them to the next step, like to the Welfare Dept or Sosco or Pusat Serinti, and assisted some in legal documentation matters. Beside this Dr Florence has also counselled sex workers on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

As for her activities in PMEIA, Dr Florence said they build bridges with other religions in understanding and cooperation to grow a harmonious society, as well as to strive for Christian unity. The PMEIA also assisted in food and clothes collection for natural disasters and obtaining sponsors for festive season programmes.

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