The individuals from across Asia on the Gen.T List 2022 who are supporting and championing women and girls through their work
From working with abused young women to offer them a second chance, to creating opportunities for Muslim and minority women in tech, making the domestic helper market fairer and using martial arts to empower women, these are some of the individuals from across Asia who feature on this year’s Gen.T List and who are finding myriad ways to support women and girls through a host of inspiring initiatives.
1. Hazlina Abdul Halim
President, Singapore Muslim Women’s Association
As the youngest president of PPIS (Singapore Muslim Women’s Association), Hazlina Abdul Halim has helped establish its Research and Engagement Department, which raises awareness of issues concerning Muslim women through studies and programmes. She also oversaw the launch of a series of online conversations about female development within the Muslim community. Hazlina is simultaneously the CEO of Make-A-Wish Singapore.
2. Nurul Jihadah Hussain
Founder, The Codette Project
Nurul Jihadah Hussain believes technology is the key to giving women an equal chance at achieving success. Through The Codette Project, Muslim and other minority women can upskill through technical workshops and community-building programmes. The non-profit organisation also launched Codette Cares in partnership with the Zendesk Neighbor Foundation to provide funding and mentorship to Singapore-based Muslim women pursuing tech disciplines.
3. Zenna Law
Co-founder and CEO, Pinkcollar
Pinkcollar aims to bring fairness and transparency to the business of hiring a migrant domestic worker. The company, co-founded by Zenna Law, vets and trains helpers in everything from local customs to legal rights before matching them with employers, improving placement success rates and eliminating hidden fees. It received a grant from the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery to extend its services to Indonesian migrant workers and Malaysia's manufacturing sector.
4. Faeznur "Benny" Farok
Co-founder and Fitness and Martial Arts Instructor, SheFights Gym
SheFights co-founder Faeznur “Benny” Farok, herself a competitive fighter in Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, started her gyms to help women gain added self-confidence through the discipline of various martial arts. Encouraging both physical and mental fitness as well as self-reliance, SheFights has trained more than 1,850 women and children in self-defence.
5. Elaine Hong
Co-founder and CEO, Enya
Financial hardship, cultural constraints, scarcity of materials and sensitive skin are among the myriad challenges menstrual-age women face every day. Enya, co-founded by Elaine Hong, offers a monthly subscription service to supplies made from organic cotton. To date, it has sold its pads to more than 100,000 customers and has presence in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.
6. Nina Ellaine Dizon-Cabrera
Founder and CEO, Niv Della Beauty Innovations
A proud college dropout turned activist beauty magnate, Nina Ellaine Dizon-Cabrera celebrates diversity, inclusivity and Philippine beauty—which she aims to take global. The founder and CEO of Niv Della Beauty Innovations, which operates beauty brands Colourette Cosmetics and Fresh Formula, she also champions female entrepreneurs through her online community Boss Babes and has donated sales proceeds to aid political prisoners in the Philippines and survivors of 2020’s Typhoon Ulysse.
7. Jessica de Mesa
Co-founder and CEO, Kindred
With her startup Kindred, Jessica de Mesa gives women in the Philippines access to a range of high-quality health and wellness services. In particular, it sells contraceptive medicines online and delivers them discreetly, particularly important when Covid caused community health centres to pause reproductive health programmes. The company is planning to open physical clinics. Formerly a nurse, she has also been the commercial director of
8. Bela Gupta D’Souza
Founder and CEO, Edamama
When Bela Gupta D’Souza launched Edamama in 2020, she knew the pain points that parents face all too well, having two children of her own. With an abundance of new products in an already cluttered parenting space, Edamama cuts through the noise to provide parents with vetted services, products and content that give their child the best. It now works with more than 1,000 brands.
9. Bowie Lam
Founder and Executive Director, Teen’s Key
Location: Hong Kong
Lending a helping hand to some of the most vulnerable members of society, Bowie Lam works with abused girls and young women, including underage sex workers, providing a supportive environment and a chance for them to decide their own future. In addition to helping sex workers escape and fi nd other work, her organisation Teen’s Key provides sex education classes and free STD screening. So far it has supported more than 13,000 women.
10. Rhea See
Co-founder and Co-CEO, She Loves Tech
Rhea See founded She Loves Tech, a global platform committed to closing the funding gap for women in the world of technology, and which also organises the world’s largest tech startup competition for women. See is a mentor to female tech entrepreneurs, and has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper. She has also advised companies including Intel, Bytedance, Swire and Huawei.
11. Anbita Nadine Siregar
Founder and CEO, Yayasan Generasi Maju Berkarya
Anbita Nadine Siregar wants women to be at the heart of the technological revolution. Her organisation Yayasan Generasi Maju Berkarya is behind Generation Girl, which provides innovative programmes that encourage girls to study Stem subjects, aiming to increase female representation in the tech sector. It also runs Pengajar Belajar, a complementary programme for IT teachers. The organisation is supported by the likes of Sequoia Capital, Gojek and Monk’s Hill Ventures.
See all the honourees from the Gen.T List 2022