SIMANGGANG: The establishment of the Sarawak Women and Family Department will boost the socio-economic development of women and families in Sri Aman.
The soon-to-be-established department in Sri Aman is one of the state government agencies under the Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development (KWKPK).
The department aims to produce a society of women who are viable, competitive and active in the socio-economic development of the state.
Last Friday (July 16), Community Welfare Assistant Minister and Simanggang assemblymen Datuk Francis Harden Hollis inspected the new building of the department.
Also present were administrative officer of the department, Khadijah Othman, Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) representative Shimon William and Lim Bak Chai from the Public Works Department (JKR) Sri Aman engineer division.
So far, there are Sarawak Women and Family Departments in Kuching, Sibu, Serian, Sarikei and Bintulu.
Harden added that through the department, the Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development would work closely with women non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from various sectors including the public service, institutions of higher learning and single mothers.
The department also provides helpline services which offer advices and assistance in cases of violence against women and children and will refer callers to agencies or departments related to the cases.