Live-streaming for Sarawak Women’s Day

Fatimah (centre) with Sarawak Women and Family Department Director Noriah Ahmad (right) and the ministry's permanent secretary Dr Sa'adiah Abdul Samat after the meeting on Sarawak Women's Day 2020. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Sarawak Women’s Day on Aug 29 will be live-streamed out of fear of the Covid-19 pandemic, said   Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister, Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

The theme of the celebration is “Sarawak Women in the Digital Era”, she said.

“It is in line with state’s vision to digitalise Sarawak. The theme was selected in recognition of the roles and contributions of Sarawak women in the digital field as well as to empower them towards Industrial Revolution 4.0,” she told a press conference after chairing a meeting on Sarawak Women’s Day 2020 at Wisma Wanita building yesterday.

On the event, she added that 100 participants from 40 districts would be able to join a session with the chief minister via live-streaming.

“About 250 guests including women Cabinet members and eminent personalities will be invited to attend the annual event at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

“Our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will be the guest of honour,” she added.

Fatimah hoped live-streaming of Sarawak Women’s Day would elevate women’s spirit in adapting digital technology as medium to organise their activities.

“We want to show that women in Sarawak are not left behind. Our women have the innovative spirit and spirit of patriotism.   Their involvement in digital technology proves that Sarawak women are willing to learn new things, adapt and adopt digital economy,” she added.

She also said that her ministry was now at the forefront in utilising digital technology.

“During this restriction of movement period, our Sarawak Women and Family Department took the initiative to hold digital meetings via Zoom apps with its branch leaders throughout the state, from Kuching up to Lawas,” she explained.