Fatimah (left) talks to Sarawak Multimedia Authority general manager Dr Zaidi Razak (right) while Sarawak Women and Family Department director Noriah Ahmad (centre) looks on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The increasing adoption of technology of late has opened floodgates of opportunities for women in the state.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said with better opportunities, women can play a bigger role and contribute to the development of Sarawak.

“When the world was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, and at the same time physical movements were restricted, technology helped continue the lives of the community in enabling them to generate income by maintaining economic activities.

“This is in line with the aspirations of the chief minister when he made a decision to use digital platforms as a catalyst for economic development and income generation by 2030.

“We acknowledge the fact that digital economy is a leading catalyst in sustaining the nation’s economy,” she said.

She was addressing the state-level Women’s Day celebration at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) yesterday.

Fatimah said her ministry through the Women and Family Department (JWKS) had made full use of digital platforms to empower women through various courses and workshops.

“This includes skills training, strengthening family institutions, marketing and business conducted online through WWTC (Wisma Wanita Training Centre) @ Online Learning using the Zoom application.

“For skills training in the fields of culinary, spa, massage, and beauty, a total of 58 online training sessions benefiting 1,099 participants were held during the movement control order (MCO) period from May 14 until Aug 24.”

Fatimah also said for the strengthening of family institutions, a total of 187 couples and 70 individuals had attended online marriage courses organised by Alpha Malaysia (Sarawak) and UWAiS Followership Academy (Borneo).

In line with this year’s Women’s Day theme – ‘Sarawak Women in Digital Era’, she said the state government recognised that women and information technology (IT) played an important role in the economic development and wellbeing of the people.

“We know that IT can empower women to become courageous, dynamic and resilient citizens in facing the challenges of life,” she said.