Empowering the Voice of Women

Empowering the Voice of Women
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DYMM Raja Zarith Sofia Sultan Idris Shah

The Women’s League of Johor (JEWEL) recently hosted the grand Jewel International Women’s Day High Tea 2016 at Persada Johor Bahru. The event was graced by Permaisuri Johor DYMM Raja Zarith Sofia Sultan Idris Shah as well as an overwhelming crowd of approximately 500 guests.

With the theme, ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’, the organisation revealed its incoming President, Woo Sow Pheng, who is one of the organisation’s founding members and IMSHA (Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Award) recipient.

She plans to collaborate with more NGOs to bring a bigger impact on social change and empowering women.  Woo will be replacing Thanam Visvanathan-Suresh, who served as JEWEL’s President for eight years.

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Members of JEWEL on stage for performance

“A woman has a very strong voice and as a mother, it is the most empowering role that we can have. If mothers can join together, we will have more strenght to promote peace and make women’s voices stronger to ask leaders for abolishment of sensation of war and resolve religious conflicts in the world,” said Woo to the media.

The organisation also gave a special tribute to the Johor Police Deputy Chief, Datuk Aishah Mohammad for her outstanding performance and contributions.

“I served 41 years in the police force and it wasn’t an easy journey in a male-dominated organisation. I am thankful and I count my blessings in moulding me into who I am today,” said Datuk Aishah during her speech.

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DYMM Raja Zarith Sofia Sultan Idris Shah presenting certificates to successful bidders during hybrid orchid auctions

Among other activities during the course of the high tea was the auctions of orchids, namely two hybrid species, the ‘Phaelanopsis’ and the ‘Dendrobium’, which was auctioned off at RM21,130 and RM8500 respectively.

Proceeds from the auction will be channeled to JEWEL’s yearlong projects and activities such as the advocacy on women and children’s rights, documentation for children’s birth certificates, education on public safety, as well as helping children from poor families to stay in school and finish their education.

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