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Happy International Women’s Day to all the strong and beautiful women out there!

Today’s the day to sing Beyonce songs as loud as you want to. “Who runs the world? Girls (and, women)!

Women are now settling for important positions throughout all aspects of society across the world. They’ve contributed not only as a friend, wife, or a skilled professional but also managerial roles in businesses.

Despite what the society standards have told us, women in MoneyMatch are encouraged to pursue new opportunities. Be it men or women, all of us are allowed to voice our opinions and use our skills to our utmost potential. 

Therefore, to mark this wonderful day, we conversed with one of our team members to share her working experience at MoneyMatch. Before we jump into that part, let’s look at what International Women’s Day is all about!

#BreakTheBias movement

Celebrated annually on March 8, this remarkable day has given us the opportunity to acknowledge the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. Over and above that, International Women’s Day is commemorated in favor of making a move to promote the equality for women’s rights and to break the social norms of gender.

Just like every other year, International Women’s Day has different themes to celebrate. According to IWD, the theme for 2022 is #BreakTheBias. It is about working towards a world free of bias, stereotype and discrimination that is diverse and inclusive. #BreakTheBias theme encourages us to break the bias in our communities, including the workforce.

Celebrating International Women’s Day with MoneyMatch

To participate in the #BreakTheBias movement, we did a quick interview session to support this movement towards women in the workforce. Say hi to our People Manager at MoneyMatch, Syahinaz Aleza Binti Abdul Razak!

The picture of Syahinaz doing #BreakTheBias pose for International Women's Day 2022
Syahinaz Aleza Binti Abdul Razak (People Manager at MoneyMatch) with #BreakTheBias pose.
  • Hi Syahinaz! So, what do you do in MoneyMatch? Anything interesting about it?

I am the People Manager in MoneyMatch. As what my title says, I manage the welfare of the people in MoneyMatch. Everything from handling their payroll to their wellbeing. You can say that it’s almost like mothering the whole MoneyMatch team!

  • Why were you inactive for 1 year?

I was inactive for 1 year because I decided to be a full time SAHM (Stay-at-home-mom) after working for about 8 years. They say kids grow very fast, and I’d like to see that whole progress! #Noregrets

  • Were there any worries or fear of rejection when joining the workforce after not being active for 1 year?

When I first came into the MoneyMatch office for work, I felt nervous but excited at the same time. Instead of feeling fear of rejection, I was more afraid that I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my assigned role. Throughout my inactive 1 year, I did not have the opportunity to enhance my skills and abilities. Not to mention, my responsibilities here at MoneyMatch required me to handle many tasks simultaneously.

  • What kind of challenges did you encounter at work as a professional working mom?

It took some time to adjust because MoneyMatch has a fast-paced environment. Everything here happens at a rapid pace. In the beginning, I felt overwhelmed when it came to properly adjusting with my new responsibilities which includes juggling between my full-time job and taking care of my children.

Thankfully, as time went by, I was able to juggle better with my role both as a mom and a full-time HR professional. There are times where I still need coping (lol) but I’m just glad the team is extremely understanding for my situation.

  • How do you overcome it?

Although l feel overwhelmed being the main person in charge of end-to-end HR activities in MoneyMatch, l never felt alone. My teammates and the management team are always supportive and understanding with my situation as a working mom.

They assured me to not worry because they knew exactly how it feels like to be a working parent. I personally like MoneyMatch culture where I’m allowed to express myself and my concerns to the team. MoneyMatch provided an extremely supportive and empowering environment for women like myself to do my best here. I adapted well in no time!

  • How would you empower other women out there who are struggling in the workplace or as a working mom?

I’m working two jobs at the same time: being a mom and People Manager here at MoneyMatch. It might seem impossible at times, but women can pursue their career while being a mom AND excel at both. You should never feel bad about achieving your dream or goals. Being a working mom does not mean you love your child any less because no matter what, family always comes first.

That’s a wrap!

We hope you are empowered by reading this article as we advocate women to #breakthebias. Last but not least, Happy International Women’s Day!

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