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News: One million women to walk into the record books

TheStar - 10 March 2013

PETALING JAYA: A million women will walk into the records book with a street gathering in Putrajaya and similar events at 14 other locations nationwide on March 17 to mark International Women’s Day.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who will flag off the 1Million Women Purple Walk in the federal administration centre, will also launch the 1Malaysia Komuniti Perwani programme the same day.

The mentris besar and chief ministers will launch the walk in their respective states.

The walk, in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8, will be the first of its kind in Malaysia, said Women, Family and Community Development Ministry deputy secretary-general (strategic) Datuk Harjeet Singh.

He said 400,000 women were expected to gather in Putrajaya, while 600,000 others would rally at the other venues.

Among the host states that will see the biggest gatherings are Perak (with 60,000 participants), Kedah (46,000) and Penang (36,000).

“The main purpose of the walk is to show solidarity towards the Government’s commitment in empowering women in Malaysia and to celebrate the successes of Malaysian women in various sectors,” said Harjeet, when met recently.

He said the event would be celebrated like a carnival, with food stalls set up by government agencies and private companies, cultural shows and performances by local artistes.

In Putrajaya, The Nadi Putra bus services will provide free rides for participants travelling to the city for the gathering.

“While it is a day to celebrate the achievement of women, men are also welcomed to join in the walk.

“Men who wish to show their appreciation towards women and their achievements are most welcome to join us in this walk,” Harjeet said, adding that there was no participation fee to be part of the walk.

On the 1Malaysia Komuniti Perwani programme, he said it was a community-based event to implement the Government’s transformation plans within the women’s respective communities.

He said 100,000 women would be mobilised in groups of 10 or 20 to help carry out the transformation programmes.

..from Aiman Cheah


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