Women Institute praised for fund-raising initiatives

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THE World President of the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) yesterday lauded the fund-raising efforts and initiatives carried out by the Women Institute (WI) in Brunei to help sustain the local organisation.

In an interview with The Brunei Times at the WI headquarters in Tutong, Ruth Shanks AM said that baking and selling local delicacies is one way to generate income for the institute.

“It is a good project and I would encourage them (to do more for their funding)… I know they work really hard and the food they make and sell is a very good money-maker,” she said.

Shanks led an entourage from the ACWW who were in the sultanate for its inaugural visit to the WI as part of its Southeast Asia tour.

Accompanying Shanks was Her Royal Highness Tunku Puan Pahang Tunku Hjh Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Al-Marhum Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj, ACWW’s Area President for Southeast Asia and the Far East.

Shanks suggested that members of the WI could also think of ways to attract participation from younger female age groups to be part in the organisation.

She said that with the skills and experience the elder members have, they can pass on the knowledge to the young women and guide them. “We have some skills that we can pass on like the baking and handicraft skills… but if we want to learn what your age group would be interested to do, we the elder ladies of organisations such as this need to be prepared to accept what young people want to do,” added Shanks.

The president said that other women organisations in some societies chose to study the culture and lifestyles in different countries every year, which she suggested Brunei would consider.

“So that it gives them tolerance and understanding on culture, food and clothings (of foreign society)… I think it is important for people to accept and know how other people live. You can’t talk about other women until you walk in their shoes,” she said.

During the visit to the women institute, the entourage was shown cooking demonstrations by WI members on traditional kuih such as _kuih cincin, kuih Rangin _and penyaram.

The ACWW is a registered charity non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the United Kingdom with about 350 organisations around the world in about 75 countries.

The Brunei Times