Speak up if experienced abuse, women told

Acting Superintendent of the Women and Children Abuse Investigation Unit of the Royal Brunei Police Force Hajah Mariyani binti Haji Wahab yesterday encouraged female participants to speak up if they experienced abuse or if they know of someone being abused.

She emphasised that the community as a whole is one of the major factors in overcoming barriers that prevent women from reporting such abuse.

She also discussed the laws and process on how to report violence and abuse to government agencies in Brunei.

She made these comments at a forum on ‘Safeguarding the Rights of Women in the Workplace’ at the Philippine Chancery yesterday.

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam joined the world-wide celebration of International Women’s Day by conducting the forum.

Founder and Executive Director of Project Women Brunei Nur Judy binti Abdullah gave a presentation on the rights of women as embodied in the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers 2007 as well as the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers 2018. She also gave an in-depth presentation on ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and its Prevention’.

One hundred and twelve participants attended the seminar.

Founder and Executive Director of Project Women Brunei Nur Judy binti Abdullah and Acting Superintendent of the Women and Children Abuse Investigation Unit of the Royal Brunei Police Force Hajah Mariyani binti Haji Wahab in a group photo with attendees of the forum. PHOTO: THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM