Speak up and let your voice be heard, Chong Eng urges women


WOMEN need to be bold in voicing out their thoughts in order to affirm their significance during a decision making process, says state executive councillor for Non-Islamic Religious Affairs and Social Development Chong Eng.

Chong Eng, who has been fervently advocating and educating women on matters concerning women empowerment, urged the participants of ‘Bengkel  Pemerkasaan Wanita’ to take a step forward and break the social obstacles.   

The ‘Bengkel  Pemerkasaan Wanita’ was organised by the Circle of Hope Foundation with support of the Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC).

“Your voice should carry weight and in any circumstances you should speak up for yourself, family, community and even for our nation.

“Your opinions are valuable, so set yourself free from the cultural barriers for the betterment of our society as well as ourselves,” said Chong Eng during her opening speech at the workshop held at Evergreen Laurel Hotel today.

(from left Ong,Chong Eng and Nurfarah a group picture with the participants

Chong Eng said women who juggle with multiple roles contribute enormously to the social development of a country.

“Whether you are a woman with a career or a homemaker, you contribute to the economic value of the country.

“A homemaker plays a pivotal role in creating a healthy family which results in a healthy community that helps build a successful nation.

“Even though at times, your effort go unnoticed, remember that your contributions are significant and deserve to be given recognition,” added Chong Eng.

Chong Eng interacting with the participants

Chong Eng, who is also the Padang Lalang assemblyman, encouraged women to enrol in politics to create equal opportunities for women in all aspects.   

“Penang government welcomes women’s participants in politics and has introduced women centric policies to create the ‘environment’ for women to get involved in the political leadership.

“In line with the theme of  this year’s International Women’s Day, which is ‘Choose to Challenge’, come take up the challenge to bring transformation to your family, community, country and even the world.

“Challenges eventually lead to remarkable changes,” said Chong Eng.

Meanwhile, the Circle of Hope Foundation chairperson Nurfarah Zafirah Foo Abdullah said the workshop was organised to create awareness among women of their rights as well as to equip them with digital literacy.

Chong Eng receiving a souvenir from Nurfarah

“The workshop intends to build self confidence among the participants who comprise single mothers, homemakers as well as those who lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

“Apart from that, we will be also teaching them how to go about with the online business platform. There will be also sharing sessions by successful women in their respective fields,” said Nurfarah.

Also present were PWDC chief executive officer Ong Bee Leng and Red Box Studio founder Krista Goon.

Story & Pix by Tanushalini Moroter