Saluting women for their selfless contributions

TO celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of women in the state, the Penang government has launched a month-long celebration to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 which falls on Monday.

State social development committee chairman Chong Eng said this was the ninth edition of the state-level celebrations since 2013.

“The celebrations aim to highlight the achievements, contributions and sacrifices made by women for their families and community in various aspects, which include social, economic, cultural and political contributions.

“This year, the theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’.

“By choosing to challenge, women can prove that changes can be made, whether to themselves, their families, community, society, country or the world, ” she said in her speech during the launching ceremony via a Zoom meeting on Thursday.

Chong Eng said the month-long celebration would see a range of events held mostly through virtual interactions including a dinner on March 27 at The Light Hotel in Seberang Jaya.

“However, this dinner is still being planned and subjected to change according to the revolving Covid-19 pandemic situation.

“If the pandemic subsides then, we will be able to hold the dinner. Otherwise, we will see what changes we can make, ” she added.

Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) chief executive officer Ong Bee Leng said one of the major activities was the #PWDCChoosetoChallenge video challenge done through the PWDC Facebook page.

“This is a short video competition where we provide a platform for women to share their experiences involving their contributions, sacrifices or successes after facing a challenge.

“All they have to do is record a one-minute video of them sharing their experiences and upload it to their social media page with the hashtag.

“So far, the competition has been successful. We had over 50 videos uploaded online and expect more to come in at the last minute.”

The competition ends tomorrow.

Ong urged more women to join the competition and upload their videos.

“Contestants who qualify for the last rounds will be invited to the dinner at The Light Hotel and will be able to meet our very special guest, national squash player Datuk Nicol David.

“Additionally, the winner of the competition will be able to present a RM500 fund to an individual, organisation or society of their choice.

“This is in line with the campaign’s ‘Pass It On’ spirit.”

Ong said besides the competition, PWDC would also distribute 800 purple challenge kits throughout the Women and Family Development Committees (JPWK) in the state as part of the campaign activity.

“These kits contain challenges for participants to solve, involving the use of creativity, general knowledge and experience sharing.

“If participants are able to solve the challenges in the kits, they will receive consolation prizes and the winners from each state constituency will receive a main prize from their respective JPWK.

“These kits can be obtained from each constituency’s JPWK office.”

For more details on the activities and events in conjunction with the celebration, the public may visit or PWDC’s Facebook page.

Meanwhile, Ong said the Penang Women Entrepreneurs’ Mentoring Programme (PWEMP) would end in March.

The programme, which was launched in October 2020, was started by the state to create a platform for women entrepreneurs to be successful.

Ong said as the programme ends, an e-Mall platform would

be established and hosted by the mentees in the programme where they will showcase 60 products and services.

“We hope the public will support the PWEMall by sharing or buying from this platform.”

For more information on PWEMall, the public can visit the PWEMall Facebook page.

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