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Engaging men to support women

Rokiah Mahmud

Around 140 participants took part in an online forum organised by the Community Development Department (JAPEM) recently, held in conjunction with International Women’s Day.

The forum, ‘Engaging Men in Supporting Women’ is in line with this year’s celebration ‘Gender Equality Today For A Sustainable Tomorrow’, said the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in a statement.

Participants comprised government officers, non-government organisations (NGOs) as well as students from higher learning institutions.

Executive Officer of Sutera Memento Hajah Kartini Dewi binti Abdullah was the moderator while panel members comprised lecturer from Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Dr Hajah Ummi Fa’izah binti Haji Abdul Rahman; Senior Officer of History of Brunei History Centre Muhammad Syahmi bin Halimshah who is also Public Relation and Publication Commissioner of the Brunei Darussalam Scout Association (PPNBD) and Co-Founder of Project Feed, Pengiran Haji Ahmad Fadillah Akhbar bin Pengiran Haji Sallehuddin.

The forum’s main objective is to inculcate understanding of roles and responsibilities in ensuring harmonious relations in marriage, while enhancing moral and emotional support in all aspects of work and entrepreneurship.

Topics of discussion yesterday focussed on involvement of men in supporting women pertaining to COVID-19 pandemic. The panel discussed on what needs to be carried out to achieve harmony in marriage, especially if both husband and wife work as frontliners and shared suggestions that could improve communication between spouses.

ABOVE & BELOW: Participants and panellists at the online forum. PHOTOS: JAPEM


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