Women should continue to be upskilled and empowered to elevate their voices and their leadership positions in society.

Norjanah Haji Razali, the Area President for South East Asia & the Far East, Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) says, this is to enable them to contribute more effectively to the advancements of their communities and to the society in general.

She was closing a talk programme on Elevating Women’s Voices & Leadership Roles organized by Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak) in collaboration with the US Embassy Kuala Lumpur in Kuching, today.

Norjanah, who is also a member of AZAM board of directors, said while Sarawak is not lacking in capable women, much remains to be done to motivate them to share their views and to attain high level decision-making positions in society.  

Katherine Diop, the Cultural Affairs Officer of the US Embassy Kuala Lumpur who also spoke at the event said promoting women empowerment around the world is very important especially on elevating women’s roles in leadership and particularly women’s voices.

“I am looking forward to the exchange of ideas and talking about the ongoing role of women’s leadership not only in Malaysia but around the world,” Katherine added.

About 70 participants attended the talks presented by two award winning speakers; Izzy Chan, a documentary filmmaker focusing on cultural and social trends, and, Carolyn Jones, a photographer and filmmaker who specializes in telling stories that shed light on issues of global concern with particular emphasis on those affecting women.

The participants included members of various women’s associations, businesswomen, academicians, government officers, the media, community leaders, professional women and members of AZAM.

Also present at the event was Deputy Chairman of AZAM, Dato Norhyati Haji Ismail, who is also State Chairman of Sarawak Federation of Women’s Institutes (SFWI).

The half-day programme is also supported by the Ministry of Women, Early Childhood & Community Wellbeing Development Sarawak, ACWW South East Asia & Far East, SFWI and TVS.

For more information, please contact AZAM Sarawak Communication Officer Nissa Normin at 082-411799 or email nissa@azam.org.my.