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By Nancy Nais
KUCHING, March 6: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak Women’s wing is in the midst of setting up a cooperative for its members in the state.
Its chief, Nurhanim Hanna Mokhsen, said the idea behind the proposed cooperative was to create gender equality by empowering women members.
“Our primary objective is to provide goods and services to our members to enable them to increase their income and savings, investment, productivity and purchasing power.
“It will also help to expand new and existing market opportunities and also improve their product or service quality,” she told a press conference here today.
The initiative is still at the proposal stage, but Nurhanim hoped it could be registered after their state Women Leadership meeting next month.
With this cooperative, she believed that they would achieve many things for the women and at the same time show the party’s commitments to the well being of their members.
Meanwhile, the party would be celebrating International Women’s Day this Friday.
“All of our members at the divisional levels will celebrate with various activities to honour the contributions made by women to the society, nation and world.
“Wanita Petra Jaya will visit the PJ health clinic and Klinik Ibu dan Anak in Kampung Pinang Jawa, while Wanita Miri will visit the maternity wards in Miri General Hospital with gifts for the mothers in wards,” she said.
Wanita Batang Sadong, on the other hand, will celebrate the occasion with mothers and children from Tabika Kemas with cake decoration activities.
Although it is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights and it is a public holiday in some countries, Nurhanim lamented that the event was largely ignored elsewhere.
“In some places, it is a day of protest, while in other places, it is a day that celebrates womanhood. For us, it is a day when women are recognised for their achievements without any regard to race, religion, economy or political affiliations,” she highlighted. — DayakDaily