Fun day with serious message


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 09 Mar 2003

BY ALLAN KOAY

KUCHING: The atmosphere at the Waterfront was upbeat as thousands of visitors thronged the popular strolling spot here for the International Women’s Day celebration. 

The celebration, themed Find out, speak up and take action: Stop violence against women, was presented by the infotainment television programme 3R, the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) and the All Women’s Action Society (Awam), and supported by the Women and Family Development Ministry, the Sarawak Tourism Board and the Sarawak Ministry of Education. 

Despite a hot day, a steady stream of people was seen by noon yesterday at the function, which was opened by Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil. 

MAKING THEIR MARK: Sharizat (foreground) and Marina putting their handprints on Awam's 'Speak Out Against Rape' banner at the Waterfront in Kuching Saturday.

There were also information booths set up by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as WAO, Awam, the Sarawak Women for Women Society, Sisters in Islam and the Women and Health Association Malaysia.  

There was also a signature campaign to support the effort to amend laws related to rape.  

The hosts of 3R – Low Ngai Yuen, Azah Yazmin Yusof and Kartini Kamalul Arrifin – made a glamorous arrival in the afternoon on locally produced Demak motorcycles to entertain the crowd.  

Shahrizat and Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, who is co-executive producer of 3R, put their handprints on a special ‘Speak Out Against Rape’ banner at the Awam booth. 

Marina urged women to strengthen their voice against violence and make more efforts to eradicate the problem while Shahrizat congratulated the 3R team on their efforts and thanked the NGOs for ensuring that women and families in Malaysia continued to live happy and harmonious lives. 

The highlight of the celebration was a concert at 8pm, where visitors were entertained with performances by the 3R hosts, and recording artistes Deja Moss, Hazami, Syafinaz, VE and Ellyana.  

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