| Lyna Mohamad |
A GENDER-balanced world is a better one and it can be realised by celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality, British Deputy High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Natalie Gowers Barnes said.
She made these statements during a celebration comme-morating International Wom-en’s Day at the Lecture Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium last Friday.
“Positive language can reinforce a woman’s place in the world and we should support and encourage our female friends and relatives,” added Barnes who also spoke on the initiatives of the British government to promote the improvement of women’s rights.
Barnes also praised the women of Brunei Darussalam who work in the country’s institutions and play an active role.
Some 60 International Women’s Club of Brunei Darussalam (IWCB) members attended the event.
IWCB honorary members from several embassies and high commissions in Brunei Darussalam were also present.
IWCB President Ungku Datin Hajah Fanzah binti Haji Osman officiated the celebration, followed by a keynote address by Barnes.
The event was enlivened with a hijab tutorial by Bee Scarves, make-up demonstration by Nadzybeau and self-defence tips by the ladies from Khalifa Mixed Martial Arts.
International Women’s Day is held annually on March 8 across the world to celebrate the social economic, cultural and political achievements and contributions of women. This year’s global theme is #BalanceforBetter.