Registration opens for fun family run for gender equality

RACE for gender equality and help create a gender-equal world in the ‘2020 Run With Flying Colours – Pass It On’ family fun run this March 15 at Automall in Karpal Singh Drive.

Organised for the third year by Junior Chamber International (JCI) Pearl Malaysia, the 3km run aims to bring out the message of ‘Each for Equal, I for Inclusiveness’.

Event organising chairman Anicial Teh said the fun run activity, open to everyone both men and women, was in line with the government initiative to promote gender equality.

“Equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

“So let us make it happen, as we would like to encourage family members to build bonding through outdoor activity and pass positive energy through this fun run.

Registration for the event starts at RM38 for individuals, RM120 for a group of four and RM380 for a group of 15 people.

“Runners will be entitled to a T-shirt, medal, water tumbler, food and a health screening by Penang Adventist Hospital.

“Due to the current novel coronavirus (Covid-19) issue, we will take precautionary measures by providing sterilisation and cleaning works to ensure the health of each participant, ” she said during a recent press conference at Komtar.

Penang women, family development, gender inclusiveness and non-Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Chong Eng said the run was organised to mark International Women’s Day.

“This family fun run aims to pass the message ‘Each for Equal, I for Inclusiveness’.

“Each for Equal” is the theme for International Women’s Day this year, while ‘I for Inclusiveness’ is the theme at the Penang level.

“Ever since the Penang Government implemented the Gender Inclusiveness Policy, the Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) has actively equipped various government departments and agencies to ensure there is a balance representation of both genders especially in the decision-making level.

“This year, the state aims to introduce this Gender Inclusiveness Policy to various private and non-government organisations to inspire them to adopt this policy.

“This is essential for economies and communities to thrive. A healthy family unit consists of a male and a female.

“To build a healthy society, there is a need to include representations of both genders to make holistic decisions that benefit the nation and its people and build a healthier, wealthier and more harmonious society, ” she said.

For details on the run, contact Teh at 019-513 1539, Chaysea Tay at 012-589 3132 or Irene Ooi at 012-822 8500.

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