Wednesday, January 22

‘Equity for women benefits family institution’

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Fatimah (seated fourth left) and Early Childhood Education and Family Development Assistant Minister Rosey Yunus (seated fourth right) are seen with representatives from The Hills, DUBS, Avon and PPWS. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: Equity for women is about rights that will benefit the entire family institution.

Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah pointed out yesterday that it is not about figures or anything that should be viewed as a threat.

“Everybody benefits as it will is progress for all,” she told a press conference about this year’s International Women’s Day celebration, which will be held this weekend.

The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Equity for Women, Progress for All’.

Fatimah added that the celebration gives everyone an opportunity to reflect on the position of women in the state, and how far they have come in sectors such as politics, education and health.

For the first time, the private sector will support the two-day celebration, with The Hills Shopping Mall sponsoring the venue, and the Sarawak Bumiputera Chamber of Entrepreneurs (DUBS) rounding up entrepreneurs to occupy one of the 55 stalls opening this Saturday and Sunday (March 8-9).

Meanwhile, Avon and the Sarawak Federation of Women’s Institutes (PPWS) will hold a series of activities.

They include an exhibition, craft demonstrations of beading and keringkam, bubur pedas cooking demonstration, and a forum.

All events are open to the public.