Some of the highlights during the state level Women’s Day
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
Themed ‘Sarawak Women in the Arts’, about 6,000 participants celebrated the state level Women’s day Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on October 17th to honour all the Sarawak women actively involved in all art genres like the performing arts, creative arts including graphic design, interior design and handicrafts.
The highlight of the ‘Sarawak Women in the Arts’ event was the conferring of awards to five women and women organizations.
The Datuk Patinggi Laila Taib Award was presented to Datuk Sharifah Mordiah Tuanku Haji Fauzi for her involvement in politics for 28 years. She also holds the record for the longest serving female member of Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) and has been actively involved in volunteerism and charity for 44 years.
The award for the Excellent Woman Organisation Award went to Sarakup Indu Dayak Sarawak (SIDS) for their involvement in various fields including education, cultural aspects such as ‘ngajat’, ‘bertaboh’, ‘ikat tenunan’, weaving, charity and sport activities. It was received by SIDS chairperson Dato Sri Empiang Jabu.
The award for Chief Minister Woman Social Activist Award went to Prof Madya Dr. Ong Puay Hoon for her work raising awareness about dyslexia across Sarawak and volunteerism by providing her consultancy service as a speaker for special education programme and early childhood and dyslexia education. She is the founder and President of Dyslexia Association of Sarawak.
The award for Chief Minister’s Woman Entrepreneur Award went to Roselyn Long Lah who established Livan Enterprise selling local craft based on beads. She is also the owner of Lepau Restaurant.
Meanwhile the award for Chief Minister Woman Leadership Award went to Dato Alice Jawan Empaling for her involvement in volunteerism. Since 2000, she has been the chairperson for SIDS, Sibu branch, the secretary for Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) as of 2015, is the President of General Conference of Methodist Women of the Methodist Church of Malaysia and Unit President of World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women from 2013 until now.
The Special Award ‘ Sarawak Woman in the Arts’ honouring an outstanding contribution by a woman in the Performing Arts, Creative arts went to Dato Sarbanun Abdul Kadir Marican. From 1962 until 1979, she was the champion for ‘Bintang Radio’ at the state and national level. In 1965, she participated in a singing competition at the Asian level and won the award for ‘Miss Golden Voice’.
Present during the event were Datuk Fatimah Abdullah, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem and Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu.
During the state level women’s day celebration, Adenan launched the book ‘Women in the arts’ published by Majlis Wanita dan Keluarga Sarawak (MWKS) which features 38 women in the arts consisting of 21 women in the Performing Arts, six women in the art of Creative Writing and 11 women from Visual Arts.