Women in Power Awards: 12 outstanding women awarded

Twelve outstanding women in the UAE and Expat Media were awarded in the recent Women in Power Awards in Dubai’s Souk Al Marfa.

The Women in Power Awards, organized by Events4Change UAE together with Thai Souq, Souk Al Marfa and D’Portal Events Management, aims to honor outstanding women who “make our world better.”

Organisers say this year’s awardees have made a difference with their “common passion to support and empower those who find it challenging to voice out their needs and they use their platform and position to serve and raise awareness on their chosen advocacies.”

The awardees underwent stringent selection and voting by a distinguished panel of judges, including Professor Dr. Arthur Kurt Eilers, Group Executive Chairman of Bestar Holding Group and Group CEO at Corax Trading Netherlands.

Expat Media received the award for its public service via credible news and information for residents and visitors to the UAE. “The UAE-based media company is managed by a group of strong and commited public service women who are instrumental in keeping the public informed and updated on current events and policies,” organisers said.

The Women in Power award also went to Marissa Postre, the UAE’s “Recycling Mom” who creates fashion masterpieces using discarded items. Postre, who has worked in the UAE in the last 42 years, empowers other household service workers by allowing them to wear her gowns during events.

Another notable awardee is Feby Gachero Baguisa Dela Peña. As Expat Media first reported, the Filipina gave free food during the pandemic. Dela Peña now runs her own Feby restaurant in Dubai where anyone who doesn’t have money can eat for free. She continues to donate food through a charitable organization.

Meet the other awardees:

Evelyn Bright Adyeeri, Founder and CEO of Levyn Africa Ltd.

Everyn Bright Adyeeri is a philanthropist, entrepreneur and cultural activist. She supports African cultural preservation through fashion and festivities, among many others. Her aim is to bring Africans back to their roots and help them connect with one another.

An Thi Tu, founder of Heal the World

The philanthropist An Thi Tu supports distressed Vietnamese in the UAE. Heal the World regularly visits labour camps to extend help and support. In Vietnam, they also support small communities by providing healthcare, livelihood and education, on top of building schools and supplying ambulances.

Chelsey Beyga, charities ambassador

Chelsey Beyga is personal trainer specialising in yoga as well as pre-natal care and post-natal care. She is also a charities ambassador for women, children and dogs

Deepthi Kaushal, Baha’i Faith Group Animator

Deepthi Kaushal organizes a social well-being outreach program for the youth ages 10 to 14, facilitating value-based discussions and projects. She was also part of the committee who started Ramadan Sharing Fridge in 2016 where she evolved as an Operations Leader. From one fridge in Dubai, it grew to 200 fridges serving over 10,000 meals daily catering to construction sites during Ramadan.

Katarzyna Kubas-Ziemiańska, former table tennis athlete

Katarzyna Kubas-Ziemiańska is a certified table tennis coach and expert who worked with, among others, UAE Women’s National Table Tennis Team. She is also a sports manager and co-founder of the Table Tennis Academy. She is currently Head of Development Projects at International Table Tennis Federation, working on table tennis development worldwide. She also supports Paralympics and parasports to empower people of determination.

Yvonne Mac-Layne, Founder of Sustainable Make up Brand, Krayazions & Laymac Group of Companies

Yvonne Mac-Layne has been vocal and visible all across the UAE campaigning for sustainability and helping of women of color embrace who they are. She is an advocate of many causes and is active in volunteering in the UAE and the Philippines.

Emily Ray, Angelman Syndrome advocate

A single mother of two, Emily Ray single handedly raised her children including 7-year-old Sam, who have been diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, a very rare case that affects the nervous system. Emily made it her mission to raise awareness on this condition, which makes those having this condition needing 24/7 assistance throughout their life. With her passion for photography, she highlighted her son’s rare genetic condition through her Smile with Sam Project.

Abbie Kadom of Hope-Amel UAE Group

A compassionate and driven Iraqi-Canadian single mother, Abbie Kadom established the Hope-Amel UAE Group in July 2021. Hope-Amel UAE Group aims to provide basic necessities such as baby formula, diapers and sanitary pads to women and children in need. Through her work with the group, Kadom continues to spread help, hope and positivity not only in the UAE but around the world.

Parisa Dehban, founder of Voice for Paws

Dehban’s Voice for Paws rescues, rehomes, feeds and provides treatment to homeless animals. Her love for helpless animals allows her to find strength in ensuring that these animals find home and family who will look after and care for them. ICA/Expat Media

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