Women Council celebrates silver jubilee with prayers

Members of CWBD performs prayers to mark the council's 25th anniversary. Picture: BT/Zamri Zainal

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

TO BE among the delegates at the International Council of Women (ICW-CIF) Assembly held in South Africa last year was particularly a glorious achievement for the Council of Women of Brunei Darussalam (CWBD) since its establishment in April 1985.

The council president Datin Hjh Fatimah Dato Seri Setia Abang Hj Rozali told The Brunei Times yesterday at the sidelines of a thanksgiving prayers to mark the council's 25th anniversary that "To be invited to the council as well as be a representative for Brunei was one of the biggest achievements."

She related that among the issues that were discussed at the meeting was domestic abuse.

Apart from the president, also included in Brunei's delegation to the meeting was the council's vice-president Pg Hjh Zabaidah Pg Hj Kamaludin as well as honourable secretary Hjh Kertini Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Di Raja Abang Hj Abu Hanifah.

To mark the council's silver jubilee, members of the council gathered yesterday to celebrate the occasion with the recital of Dzikir Asama' al-Husna, followed by mass Maghrib prayers led by Pg Hjh Halijah Pg Hj Damit.

The congregation then recited the Surah Yaasin, followed with Isya' right after the doa read recited by Hjh Taibah Kudi.

There was also dzikir Marhaban performed by those attending the event.

The formation of the council was initiated by Persatuan Pertiwi and Association of Women of Brunei (WI) on November 7, 1984 and was officially registered on April 6, 1985. It was launched by Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha on July 6, 1986.

The council boasts itself as a national body playing a vital role in representing the views of all women in the Sultanate. The main objective of its establishment is to enhance the status of women in all fields especially in education, economy, welfare, culture and social.

The Brunei Times