| Izah Azahari |
AIMING to promote women’s empowerment and contributions to the society, the Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Noriko Iki, yesterday hosted a “World Assembly for Women: Brunei Darussalam” (WAW! Brunei Darussalam) event at her residence in conjunction with the international symposium “World Assembly for Women: Tokyo 2014” (WAW! Tokyo 2014) recently held in Japan on September 12-14.
Present as the guest of honour at the event was the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman. Also present were other prominent women in Brunei Darussalam.
WAW! Tokyo 2014 was organised by the Government of Japan, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), Nikkei Inc and the Japan Institute of International Affairs supported by the Japan Centre for Economic Research, in which the deputy minister of culture, youth and sports had participated in representing Brunei Darussalam.
Notably, the international symposium was held in response to a concept proposed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to create a “society where women shine”, which he presented at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2013.
WAW! Tokyo 2014 invited political, business and opinion leaders from around the world to discuss the economic society and ways to deal with the common issues relating to women throughout the world.
The ‘WAW! Brunei Darussalam’ event began with a brief opening and explanatory speech by Noriko Iki, followed by Datin Paduka Hajah Adina’s sharing of her experiences in the international symposium with other prominent professional women from the government and private sectors in Brunei Darussalam.
During the deputy minister’s sharing session, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina said that they had shared a lot of their concerns about the advancement of women as well as discovered that despite the different levels of development in each country, the issues were quite similar.
The guest of honour then lauded the commitment and dedication of Noriko Iki as well as the Japanese Government in always holding steadfast in promoting the idea of women’s participation in the economy.
During the event, other attending participants also exchanged their own experiences and ideas to encourage the role of women in society as well as to promote and develop women’s careers in Brunei, Japan and Asean member countries.