KOTA KINABALU: Women and Family Affairs Council (HAWA) is determined to take a proactive approach in championing the cause of the people.
Its chairman Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said that HAWA must undergo a paradigm shift to become a link that unites the public’s voices in order to embrace the change.
“We must not be seen as fighting only for our own members or else we will be left behind.
“Consequently, HAWA is determined to open participation not only to women but also to fathers regardless of race or religion,” he said.
Shahrizat said this to reporters after attending the HAWA gathering here on Wednesday night.
Also present were HAWA Deputy Chairman Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shirlin, Sabah HAWA Chairman Hajah Aminah Johan, Sabah BN Women Leader Senator Datuk Noraini Idris and National HAWA Economic Generation Deputy Chairman Datuk Rahmajan Sulaiman Khan.
Shahrizat said HAWA emphasises seven areas, including HAWA Hak which fights for the rights of women and civil society.
He said HAWA also focused on the creation of smart cooperation that transcends the boundaries of party politics.
According to Shahrizat, HAWA’s direction will be determined by actual feedback from various parties and the reality of people’s lives.
She asserts that the country’s political transformation necessitates adaptation to the current circumstance.
“This is the politics of the future that HAWA wants to highlight. We want to approach all NGOs and stakeholders, and from there, we gather all the people’s complaints for us to bring to the government’s attention,” she said.