1. President of Perak Women for Women Pn. Halida Ali in her opening speech

1. President of Perak Women for Women Pn. Halida Ali in her opening speech

Clad in many different shades of purple, women streamed into the ballroom of Impiana Hotel Ipoh to celebrate womanhood. The hi-tea event, organised by a non-governmental organisation known as Perak Women for Women (PWW), was held in conjunction with International Women’s Day (IWD), which falls on 8th March annually.

2. Coach Sophia leads the Zumba session

2. Coach Sophia leads the Zumba session

3. Zumba in session

3. Zumba in session

By the way, purple is the official colour for IWD and this year’s theme is ‘Pledge For Parity’. The day is to recognise and celebrate the successes and achievements of women from all walks of life.

4. one of the speakers, Hannah Kam

4. one of the speakers, Hannah Kam

5. guests listen attentively

5. guests listen attentively

The event, where Perak Women for Women had its own theme of ‘Listen, Learn, Lead’, was not only a time of fun and laughter, but also one on empowerment.

6. activist Zainah Anwar

6. activist Zainah Anwar

7. Ivy Josiah shares about her work helping battered women

7. Ivy Josiah shares about her work helping battered women

Three speakers were lined up to share their thoughts and experiences on giving assistance to women, and to empower them, through knowledge, resources and various other means.

8. President of Perak Women for Women (PWW) Pn. Halida Ali (R) presents a token of appreciation to Hannah Kam

8. President of Perak Women for Women (PWW) Pn. Halida Ali (R) presents a token of appreciation to Hannah Kam

9. President of Perak Women for Women (PWW) Pn. Halida Ali (R) presents a token of appreciation to Zainah Anwar

9. President of Perak Women for Women (PWW) Pn. Halida Ali (R) presents a token of appreciation to Zainah Anwar

The three women activists were Hannah Kam, Zainah Anwar and Ivy Josiah. Those who are involved in non-governmental organisations, particularly pertaining to women’s issues, would have heard of these household names.

10. President of Perak Women for Women (PWW) Pn. Halida Ali (R) presents a token of appreciation to Ivy Josiah

10. President of Perak Women for Women (PWW) Pn. Halida Ali (R) presents a token of appreciation to Ivy Josiah

11. President of Perak Women for Women (PWW) Pn. Halida Ali (R) presents a token of appreciation to Coach Sophia

11. President of Perak Women for Women (PWW) Pn. Halida Ali (R) presents a token of appreciation to Coach Sophia

Delectable food aside, the take-home message from the event, as a woman, is to be true to yourself, to be yourself without requiring the approval of a man, to voice our grouses against injustices and to seek freedom from violence without hesitation.

12. guests are clad in different shades of purple

12. guests are clad in different shades of purple

13. one of the five lucky draw winners

13. one of the five lucky draw winners

Despite the hardships and challenges these women activists have to overcome, courage to continue comes from the passion that they have to help women who are stuck in certain situations, to empower them. These selfless volunteers are courageous, no doubt, but this doesn’t mean that the heavy responsibility should solely fall on their shoulders.

14. one of the five lucky draw winners

14. one of the five lucky draw winners

15. finale: dance to the One Billion Rising anthem

15. finale: dance to the One Billion Rising anthem

Everyone can make a change, if we put our hearts to it.

If you would like to donate to the cause of PWW or volunteer your time, you may contact:

Perak Women for Women
Add: 52, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel/Fax: +605-5469715
Email: perakwomenforwomen@gmail.com

Event: Perak Women for Women (PWW) Celebrates International Women’s Day
Venue: Impiana Hotel Ipoh
Date: 6th March, 2016
Time: 3pm – 5pm

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