Ooredoo Group wins 5 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

A major recognition of Ooredoo's commitment to empowering women

30 Nov, 2015, 09:00 ET from Ooredoo

DOHA, Qatar, Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Several of Ooredoo's leading initiatives and campaigns to champion women across its global footprint have been recognised by the World's Top Honors for Women Professionals, the annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business.

Ooredoo received a Gold Stevie® Award in the category of 'Smartphone or Tablet App of the Year' for MayMay / PhayPhay, an app that bridges the mobile and health sectors to help ensure that a wealth of useful maternal, child health and wellness information is readily available to women across the country both during and after pregnancy.

Noteworthy, the Group also received a Silver Award in the category of 'Community Involvement Program of the Year' for INSPERA which uses mobile technology to enable women entrepreneurs to overcome challenges, providing essential business tips and market information via the mobile.  INSPERA supports Indonesia's rural 'womenpreneurs' in traditional industries such as Batik painting.  A major aim of the initiative is to break down barriers preventing these women from accessing funding, teach them to use the internet and other digital solutions which can vastly expand their outreach, knowledge and opportunities.

H.E. Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, Group CEO, Ooredoo, said: "We are incredibly proud of our achievements in this particular area of the business. We are constantly thinking of ways in which we can create and lead initiatives that help women overcome the barriers which prevent them from pursuing their own economic and social development. These awards recognise issues that are paramount not just to us but for society. Ooredoo believes that communities created for women either online or in real life can be important catalysts for greater empowerment."

Ooredoo's Wataniya Mothers Day Campaign was awarded a Bronze Stevie in the 'Consumer Advertising or Marketing Campaign of the Year' category, which in addition to successfully generating top-of-mind brand awareness without engaging with customers in a commercial manner also inspired Palestine citizens (not just Ooredoo customers) to treasure and appreciate their loved ones while highlighting how with Ooredoo's support they could share their joy and appreciation during memorable occasions.

For its contribution to enable entrepreneurial opportunities for women in the South and Southeast Asia region, a second Bronze Award for 'Startup of the Year - Consumer Services Industries' went also to Wobe, 'Women Benefit', a graduate of Ooredoo's internationally acclaimed and award winning start-up accelerator program Ideabox. In addition, Adrianna Tan, Founder and CEO of Wobe, was recognised with a Silver Stevie in the category of 'Women Helping Women'.

About Ooredoo

Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people's lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives, Myanmar and Indonesia. The company was named "Most Innovative Company of the Year – MEA Region" at the 2015 International Business Awards.

The company reported revenues of US$ 9.1 billion in 2014 and had a consolidated global customer base of 114.9 million customers as of 30 September 2015. Ooredoo's shares are listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

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About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: The International Business Awards, The American Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.

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