“In the current world of COVID-19, women’s contribution and role at work, businesses and the community in general, are of tremendous significance.”
This was a remark by the Speaker of the Perak state assembly, Dato’ Mohamad Zahir Abdul Khalid, during a media session at the Ipoh International Convention Centre (ICC) today (March 8).
“As we’re all aware, the world is progressing towards an equal future, with more and more women in the workforce, not to mention being national and even global-level leaders.
“Thus, I couldn’t emphasize more on how crucial it is to recognise, support and celebrate women for everything they’ve contributed to the community,” he told reporters.
This followed a seminar centred around ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World’, which was jointly organised by Ipoh City Council (MBI) and Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ipoh, an NGO, at Ipoh ICC. It was held in conjunction with the International Women’s Day observed every March 8 of the year.
Also in attendance were the Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin; city secretary, Zuraina Kamarul Ariff, who was also a panellist for the seminar; project manager of JCI Ipoh, Dr Carrine Teoh and 250 seminar participants from a multitude of government, private agencies and other NGOs.
On her advice for women out there, Dr Carrine said, “One should seek the opportunity, work towards their goals and never fall into despair.
“Be it businesspersons, career-oriented individuals or even housewives at home, women should create social networks to support and bring each other up,” she said, citing that Perak is one of the few states in the country that celebrates International Women’s Day.
In the current situation of the pandemic, Dr Carrine posited that the going undoubtedly gets tough, but when there’s a will, there’s a way.
“At times, it’s not a wrong decision to sit back and think about our connections, knowledge and resources in possession.
“Therefore, it’s important that women reach out for help and/or advice when needed. All they have to do is to take the first step,” she expressed.