| Hakim Hayat |
REFLECTING on how to achieve a more balanced life, Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman yesterday called for women to unite together.
“When women unite, we move mountains. When men and women unite, we move the world,” she said.
Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty made these comments during a special forum organised by Brunei Shell Joint Venture (BSJV) Companies in commemorating International Women’s Day yesterday.
The forum discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements women have made in the energy industry.
The panel session featured the Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) and Shell Country Chair for Brunei Darussalam Dr Ceri M Powell and BSP Human Resources Director Hajah Zainab binti Haji MA Omar.
The other speakers were LegCo members Yang Berhormat Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii and Yang Berhormat Iswandy bin Ahmad. It was held at the Atrium of BSP’s Head Office in Belait.
The theme for International Women’s Day this year is ‘Better the Balance, Better the World’ (#balanceforbetter).
In her welcoming remarks, Dr Powell highlighted the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and relayed her commitment to build a diverse and inclusive organisation.
“We have women engineers, chopper pilots, operators, lawyers… it is what the women marching for equal opportunities on the first International Women’s Day in 1911 dreamed of,” she said.
Dr Powell also invited the audience to consider “balance” not only from the perspective of gender equality, but to also explore what “Balance for Better” means at an individual, organisational and community level.
During the session, BSJV staff participated in productive activities, sharing thoughts and ideas through discussions and audience voting.
Meanwhile Hajah Zainab said, “Balance for an individual may change over time and at different stages of our lives. We must continue to adapt and adjust to achieve a more balanced life.
“There is another type of balance that leaders must strive for. On her role in advocating balance, Dr Powell stated that she is extremely proud that BSJV recently took on young entrepreneurs as business partners under the i-Usahawan programme. We had the choice to choose large major corporations who’ve already had stellar track record.
“But we said no. Let’s support and be in line with the vision of the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.”
At the end of the session, writing their pledge on the Pledge Wall, the guests and attendees committed to continuously pursue balance for the better.