Canada all for gender-based equality, says acting envoy

|     Fizah HAB     |

GENDER-based equality and empowering women and girls are the heart of Canada’s international engagements, Acting High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam Thomas Danis said.

He also stressed on engaging ASEAN youth to become positive agents of change by supporting local projects and educational exchanges that aim on achieving sustainable development goals, including gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

Danis made these comments when the High Commission of Canada in Brunei Darussalam with the support of BWN Womenpreneurs Network held a speed-mentoring and networking event coinciding with International Women’s Day at The Garden’s Veranda, Rimba Garden Central yesterday.

The event continued with speed-mentoring where the mentees were given eight minutes each per table to discuss with the mentors before continuing with a networking hi-tea session. It saw some 50 mentees comprising new start-up entrepreneurs, students and university lecturers as well as some 20 prominent influential entrepreneurs, government officials and heads of diplomatic missions including Thomas Danis; Deputy CEO of DARe (Darussalam Enterprise) Daniel Leong; High Commissioner of Australia Nicola Rosenblum, Ambassador of France to Brunei Darussalam Christian Ramage, former Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman; and Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty bitni Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman taking part as mentors in providing guidance to the mentees and discussing their challenges and aspirations, with a goal of contributing to the socio-economic development of Brunei.

The high commission along with Big BWN Project aim to empower youth by providing them with the opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals as well as network and learn from leaders and influencers in Brunei Darussalam.

The event also aimed to encourage continuity and sustainable engagement between the mentees and the mentors, and to inspire the mentees to reach their full potential while raising awareness on the importance of a gender-equal environment.

Canada will host the fifth Women Deliver Conference, the largest gathering on women’s rights, health and wellbeing, in Vancouver from June 3-6. The conference will focus on several issues such as health, nutrition, education, economic and political empowerment, human rights, good governance and equality.

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abd Rahman at the event. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI
Acting High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam Thomas Danis