In celebration of International Women’s Month, Security Bank Corporation and Zonta Club of Makati & Environs honor exemplary women and their achievements through the 8 Bravo Empowered Women Awards.
The Bravo Awards seeks to celebrate outstanding women in various fields. On top of the recognition, award winners will receive Php 50,000 each which they may use for their advocacies.
Past awardees have expressed their gratitude for the grant, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting their projects.
“The farm could have closed permanently due to the events of 2020. The grant helped us keep our employees and their families fed, restart with repairs to the property and find new ways to earn,” said Rhodora Fresnedi, 2019 Bravo Awardee for Business.
The grant also allowed some awardees to ensure that their advocacies and efforts can continue to support their constituents despite the economic slowdown brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Malaking tulong ang ibinigay na grant. Dahil dito, naipagpatuloy ko ang aking advocacy sa pagtulong sa mga Indigenous People (IP), babae at kabataan sa pamamagitan ng paggawa ng aming traditional attire at contemporary products,” said Bae Arlyne Salazar, Bravo awardee for Arts, Culture and Heritage. “Masasabing ang pagpapatuloy sa kultura ay kailangan ng bawat tribu. Kung wala ang kultura, wala rin ang tribu!”
The Bravo Awards empowers women with similar ambitions to meet with like-minded individuals and affect positive change. One winner is chosen in each of the eight categories: Arts, Culture & Heritage; Business; Culinary Arts; Education; Media & Public Affairs; Science & Technology; Social Services; and Sports.
Nominees must possess the following qualifications: Filipino citizen, of good moral character, with an outstanding track record in her profession, involved in an advocacy for the last three years, sustained a project for the improvement of society, must not have received recognition from any national or international award-giving body and must not be a member of Zonta or a Security Bank Employee
Security Bank, a long-time advocate of women empowerment, was recently cited by esteemed financial magazine AsiaMoney for being ranked highest among Asian banks and Philippine banks in terms of the number of women in senior management roles, with 58% of women employees holding senior positions. Meanwhile, Security Bank ranked second in the country and fifth in Asia, with 68% of its total workforce being women.
Interested parties may visit www.securitybank.com/BravoAwards to download the nomination form and review the full guidelines. The deadline for submission of entries has been extended until April 30, 2021.
Since its founding over 69 years ago, Security Bank’s mission has been to enrich lives, empower businesses, and build communities. It has been a partner of the Zonta Club since 2015 and has supported many of its projects including the on-going FilipinaZ Fair, an annual fundraising bazaar showcasing products made by women entrepreneurs.