THE Women Graduates Association of Brunei Darussalam (Persatuan Siswazah Antarabangsa, PSW), a non-governmental organisation of professional women which was established 24 years ago, held its 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Language and Literature Bureau, Old Airport, Berakas.
The meeting commenced with an opening address delivered by the outgoing president, Pengiran Datin Paduka Hajah Hairani binti Pengiran Maharaja Lela Pengiran Muda Abdul Kahar (Session 2012-2014), who will be relinquishing her post after having served in the same post for the maximum of three terms consecutively.
The objective of the meeting among others were to approve the minutes of the last AGM; to elect and appoint new members to the management committee which consists of eight office bearers and 12 committee members; to examine the report of the association’s activities and achievements compiled and presented by the Honorary Secretary (2012-2014); and to examine and approve the statement of account/financial report prepared and presented by the Honorary Treasurer (2012-2014).
Before the election and appointment of new committee members, the committee of the 2012-2014 session was officially dissolved. The meeting also saw a speech delivered by the newly-elected President of PSW (Session 2014-2016), Pg Hjh Zabaidah binti Pg Hj Kamaludin who emphasised on the importance of working together as a team in planning and implementing appropriate programmes. The president said she strongly feels that teamwork shows cohesiveness and guarantees the relevance of PSW.
This is also in line with the objectives of setting up of the association in enhancing the involvement of not just the women graduates but also women in the country in general, she said.
This is more relevant now than ever with the outcome of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) held on October 29 and the UNESCAP Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review held on November 17-20. The association should study these outcome in setting out the direction for any programmes they plan to implement.