Its president Datuk Alice Jawan said this showed the commitment of the state government to ensure Dayak women were not left behind.“The total amount provided to SIDS by the state government will benefit all. We will use it to buy two shophouses costing RM1.8mil for use as SIDS House, establish Tan Sri Empiang Jabu Dayak Women’s Research Foundation (TSEJ) and for other activities to strengthen the role of Dayak women,” she said at the 28th SIDS Sibu annual general meeting (AGM).Also present were SIDS Sibu adviser Catherine Nain Abit, chairman Angelyn Uchi Maseng, deputy chairman Monica Giri, secretary Michelle Hildalyne Anthony Luta and exco members.
Alice, who is also SIDS Sibu adviser, expressed her gratitude to the state government for the donation and pledged to increase SIDS activities such as seminars, courses for the benefit of its members.
She said SIDS would focus on four key elements, education, empowering women, developing Dayak culture and Dayak women’s capital.
“We are focusing on these four elements to strengthen the role of Dayak women and enable them to contribute to nation-building,” she said.
Alice said SIDS would create a website to help Dayak women entrepreneurs promote their products.
“The use of technology today is especially important for entrepreneurs to further promote their products.
“By simply taking pictures of your products and uploading them to our website, the world can see your products,” she added.
In addition, SIDS, she said planned to hold a seminar on Native Customary Rights (NCR) next month at several venues to be announced later.
She said the seminar aimed to impart knowledge on current land codes and government policies for NCR land.
To date, SIDS Sibu has about 1,528 members.
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