In conjunction of International Women’s Day 2014, DHRRA Malaysia joined hands with Destiny Badminton Arena to organize a Friendly Badminton Match especially for ladies on 8th March 2014 in Klang. The event was participated by women from varied backgrounds who came together to hit a few shuttlecocks – basically to have some fun while celebrating womanhood.
Women have come a long way…through violence, unequal pay, unequal opportunities, oppression, and many more. Women’s Day is observed internationally – to acknowledge women, to recognize their role and contribution. Thousands of events take place around the world to remind us of the struggle that we went through and still going through in many dimensions. That’s why the theme for 2014 International Women’s Day by United Nation is apt – “Equality for women is progress for all”.
We would like to take this opportunity to, instead of reminding the negatives, celebrate the positive. What do we see around us today? Female prime ministers, astronauts, scholars, academicians, CEOs, sportswomen, women with careers who are at the same time nurturing their families… the list goes on. The courage and determination of these women have to be applauded but this achievement cannot happen without the support of our fellow men. Dear men, the growth of women around you – your daughters, your wife, your relatives, your friends, your colleagues….depends on the enabling environment which you help to create!
Taking this into consideration, DHRRA has been has been providing social protection for women through women’s empowerment initiative since 2003. We conduct capacity building programme, income generating programme, legal advice, psychological counselling and many more for free. We aim to enhance self-awareness and equip living skills among women for them to become empowered, self-reliant, resilient and thus able to take charge of their lives.
We would like to take this opportunity to spread an important message to our sisters. We urge you to look into something which has been neglected for generations – your physical wellbeing. As a caregiver, women make choices all the time for the wellbeing of the loved ones – making informed decisions about the health and development of the family. However, you should also look into your physical wellbeing. It is important to lead a healthy life filled with physical activities. Apart of improving physical health, it is widely known that physical activities – especially sports, has positive affect on emotional wellbeing; it improves mood and helps us to manage depression.
Thereby, DHRRA and Destiny jointly organized Friendly Badminton Match to remind you to put on you sports shoe and hit the courts. A dose of competitive spirit is healthy. The Friendly Badminton Match was overseen by Mr Thanabalan Arikrishnan, Ex-New Zealand Chief Coach and former Malaysia’s National Player.
The event was graced with the presence of Krishnamal, ex-National Player of Malaysia. She took us down the memory lane of the various rough training that she went to through in order to excel in Badminton Sports. She also pointed that there are more facilities available for developing talents now compared to her time. She urged parents and children to utilize these opportunities as a stepping stone towards building their career as renowned badminton player.
The event was a complete success where the women had lots of fun playing and tuned in to support all the matches till the final. The cheering by the viewers kept the energy high in the courts and served as an encouragement for the teams. We gave away attractive gifts and prizes to all the winners and players.
DHRRA believes that women play vital role as an agent of development. By empowering our women today in the importance of physical wellbeing, we are thus able to bring change to the family and the society. To empower the society, we must empower the women in the society. Happy International Women’s Day.