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DBP working paper discusses women in writing

Fadley Faisal

The ongoing observance of the Language Month saw the ninth working paper being spread across the table by the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) online yesterday.

The DBP’s Language Consturction and Development Division organised the Internationl Malay Language, Literature and Culture International Congress Series where the ninth session featured former DBP director Hajah Aminah binti Haji Momin, and the congress chaired by DBP Acting Deputy Director Dayang Hajah Sariani binti Haji Ishak.

The congress discussed literature within the context of ‘Feminism in the Development of Malay literature’.

Among the topics brought to the table was the image of women in novels written and depicted by male writers who are also Muslims.

The discussion also aimed to lift the stigma in writing and depiction of women, which had always been claimed as unfair. Women’s status in Islam was also pinned to the topic of depicting in writings. Some 119 participants joined the online discussions, also attended by DBP Acting Director Suip bin Haji Abdul Wahab; strategic partners of the DBP; senior government officials; and language and literature enthusiasts.

The congress, themed Bahasa Jiwa Bangsa is supported by the DB’s strategic partners including Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan, Sultan Sharif Ali Universiti Islam, Brunei Youth Council, Asterawani and Putra Seni group.

The congress began on March 16 and will run until June 22 with bi-weekly working paper submission meetings.

Discussion on the Language and Literature Bureau’s ninth working paper in progress. PHOTO: DBP