KUCHING: Sarawak NGO Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) will participate for the first time in a womens leadership programme at the East-West Centre in Honolulu, Hawaii, this month.
Azam will be represented by its senior manager of community development, Dora Jok, who will join participants from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and the United States.
They will discuss issues and challenges facing women at the East-West Centre from July 10 to 24.
I hope to share my experience, knowledge and expertise from working with local women in Sarawak with the rest of the participants.
With the diverse background of the participants, the programme will be enriching and exciting, Dora said.
Sessions will cover themes such as building women, womens activism in the Asia-Pacific region, leadership, effective communication and strategic planning.
The two-week programme also includes a homestay in Thailand.
We will be visiting the Leeled community in Surat Thani province where we will hold discussions with community stakeholders and gain first-hand experience on how community-based tourism works, Dora said.
She added that her international exposure and networking during the programme will help her to enhance Azams rural womens programme.