In conjunction with the centennial celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, Ipoh-based Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) has found an innovative way of promoting women’s issues in the subtlest of form. The society, in collaboration with Sunway College Ipoh (SCI), is organising a carnival with an appropriate theme in mind, “Celebrate, Appreciate and Participate”. The objective is to celebrate while appreciating women’s fate in its broader perspective.
On the global front, the idea of having an international women’s day was first mooted at the turn of the 20th century amid rapid industrialisation that led to protests over working conditions, especially for women.
The planned celebration will be held at Sunway College Ipoh, Tambun on Sunday, March 13 from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. The highlight of the day-long carnival will be the inaugural heel-a-thon, an event designed to demonstrate the sufferings of women in the modern world. Participants, regardless of their sex, are required to put on high heels and walk around the college grounds for a distance of about 500 metres.
“This is a fine way to showcase women’s plight in an unforgiving world. Walking in high-heels is not something easy,” said Dr. Sharifah Halimah, President of PWW, to Ipoh Echo.
The society will also initiate the “I Care Campaign” at its booth. The campaign, according to Sharifah, is aimed at creating awareness on child abuse. “The malice is becoming endemic in our society. There’s a need to educate the public, as to its actual extent,” she remarked.
Students of Sunway College, Ipoh will participate in the carnival, as part of the college’s educational programme. “Their involvement is timely as it provides an opportunity to partake in a worthy cause aimed at inculcating good values in youths,” said the College’s Head of Academics, Au Chun Chong.
For those keen in participating in the heel-a-thon please call the following numbers for registration – Sunway College Ipoh 05-549 3434/05-545 4398 or PWW 05-546 9715. A registration fee of RM20 will be charged. Proceeds from the event will go towards funding the carnival.