This year’s recipients of the annual Rehendhi Award, conferred by the state to recognize exceptional achievements and services of women at a national level, include a long serving nurse, a policewoman and a diver.
The recipients are Aminath Waheedha, a nurse with 49 years of service, Fathmath Nashwa, a police inspector, and Zoona Naseem, a diver with numerous achievements.
The Rehendhi Awards were presented by Vice President Abdulla Jihad at a special ceremony held at Dharubaaruge convention centre on Thursday to mark this year’s International Women’s Day.
Aminath Waheedha conferred with the Rehendhi award, began her career in 1969 as a Nurse Aid at the state hospital. Very few women were employed in the field at that time but Waheedha had persevered and served in numerous national emergencies. One of her most outstanding contributions includes attending to the wounded during the armed attack on the country in 1988. Currently serving as the Director of Blood Services at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH), Waheedha had worked at different levels in the field of nursing.
Fathmath Nashwa honored with the Rehendhi award, began her service 22 years ago and made enormous contributions in her field. She had pursued higher education in Malaysia and Australia while making significant contributions towards empowering and developing women in the field. Inspector Nashwa. who heads the Road Safety Unit, had also won many awards from Maldives Police Service. Nashwa has trained more than 900 police personnel and has made notable services towards gaining public trust for the institution while also fostering efforts to create a safer society.
Zoona Naseem was conferred the Rehendhi award for her immense contribution as a woman pursuing and servicing in a non-traditional role. Zoona, from the island of Kudafari in Noonu atoll, had her first dive experience at the age of 18 when she was working as a receptionist at Sun Dive Center. Shortly after, she had obtained her PADI dive master certificate and officially began her career as a diver. Her choice to engage in a field traditionally alien to women, had posed her many challenges. After serving in many high-end resorts of the country as a diver, Zoona finally opened her own dive school named “Moodhu Bulha” last year. She has trained more than 11,000 divers in her long career.