KUCHING: The state-level Women's Day celebration this year will be scaled down in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.
The state Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister said this year's event would be limited to 250 guests instead of several thousand people in attendance as in the past.
"The Women's Day celebration will be different this year because we are still in the recovery phase of the movement control order (MCO).
"We need to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and physical distancing in the new norm," she told a press conference at Wisma Wanita here Tuesday (Aug 4).
Nevertheless, Fatimah said the event at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching on Aug 29 would be live streamed, with 100 women to be invited to watch it at Wisma Wanita.
She said the live stream would also be made available to watch at district level.
"This can be organised in a longhouse or wherever the internet connection is good. There will be an opportunity for the women watching from the districts to have a live conversation with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, our guest of honour, on the day," she said.
Fatimah also said this was in line with the celebration's theme,"Sarawak Women in the Digital Era", to recognise the role and contribution of women in the digital economy.
In fact, she added, the pandemic had provided an opportunity for women to learn new digital skills such as online entrepreneurship and holding meetings on digital platforms such as Zoom.
"For instance, some women lost their source of income due to Covid-19 but were able to learn how to capitalise on digital platforms to sell food and other products.
"This is why the focus this year is on women in the digital era. We want to show that women in Sarawak are not left behind but are keen to learn and participate in the digital economy," she said.