[VIDEO] Watsons Is Celebrating Fearless Women Who Are Redefining Success Here In Malaysia

Find out how these women are breaking barriers in male-dominated fields of work.

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In celebration of International Women's Day, Watsons Malaysia is shining a spotlight on the remarkable achievements of women while advocating for gender equality and women's rights

Celebrated annually on 8 March, International Women's Day is a time to honour the accomplishments of women and promote gender equality and women's rights. Despite making up half of the world's population, females are still underrepresented in the workforce, especially in decision-making roles, according to the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development of Malaysia.

Watsons believes that advancing gender equality is essential for creating a fairer, more sustainable work landscape.

With the theme this year, 'Our Time Is Now', Watsons aims to highlight women who are challenging stereotypes and excelling in fields traditionally dominated by men.

As part of their celebration, Watsons invited three exceptional women to share their inspiring stories:

Check out the full video here: 

Punitha Chokalingam, a commercial pilot who aspires to become a captain, wants to inspire more women to join the aviation field

Punitha's entry into the aviation industry was influenced by her father, who worked at Subang Airport. Since she was eight years old, he would take her to watch aircrafts take off and land, sparking her interest in the field.

One of her most significant achievements was assembling an all-female flight crew, a rarity in the industry. In her 13-year career, this has only occurred twice, highlighting her dedication and leadership.

Normalia Sidek, a.k.a Maya, a rope access technician who has scaled the PETRONAS Twin Towers, dreams of climbing the Burj Khalifa one day

In the video, Normalia shared that her career inspiration stemmed from her hobby. She pondered on how to turn her hobby into a profession, leading her to specialise in accessing challenging locations using ropes and climbing techniques. Her work demands both mental and physical strength, as she collaborates mainly with male teammates and must match their levels.

One of her proudest achievements was working on the PETRONAS Twin Towers, one of Malaysia's most challenging sites due to its height. She successfully climbed the tower's exterior, showcasing her skills and determination.

Leona Chin, a professional motorsport athlete, car racer, and drifter, wants to compete in and win GT races in the near future

When she turned 18 years old, her passion for cars was already well-established. It was a defining moment when a friend introduced her to drifting. The sensation of the car's movement, the controlled slides, the speed, and the raw power captivated her. From that day on, she knew she wanted to master drifting.

With few women in this motorsport, she saw it as an opportunity to break barriers. Over the years, she has competed both internationally and in Malaysia, taking part in various racing series such as touring car championships and endurance races. In a male-dominated industry, she recognises the need to work harder to prove that women can excel in driving. She aims to not only match, but also to surpass male drivers in skill and performance.

Feeling inspired by these women? Watsons believes that you too can achieve your dreams and make your mark.

From 8 to 10 March, Watsons will also be running an online promotion on health and beauty essentials, with savings of up to 50%!

Watsons will also be rewarding five lucky winners with a pair of Skechers GOwalk 7 shoes worth up to RM479 each when they spend a minimum of RM80 on participating brand products.

That's not all. Watsons is also partnering with L'Oréal to fulfil the dreams of students aspiring to become pharmacists or nutritionists.

Together with L'Oréal, Watsons will be providing education funds to selected individuals, and you can be part of this initiative. Watsons customers can contribute by purchasing the selected L'Oréal products displayed below for RM5 as part of the Purchase with Purchase (PWP) campaign at selected Watsons stores, starting 18 March. All funds collected will go towards supporting these students' dreams.

Head over to Watsons' website to check out all the International Women's Day deals!

Join Watsons in celebrating women's achievements and promoting gender equality for a more inclusive and empowering world. <3

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