KAJANG, 25th July – De’Feminae, Latin for ‘the women’, an event organised by Persatuan Pelajar Kelompok Ilmu in collaboration with Persaturan Pelajar Kelompok Murni, was conducted on the 22nd July 2017 from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Held in the Library Auditorium, the event served as a platform to express love and gratitude towards women and highlight their contributions in our daily lives and society. Receiving participation from 40 students ranging from 18 to 22 years old, the event was sponsored by Mary Kay and USDIC.
Participants were shown to a series of workshops and motivational talks throughout the day, allowing them to actively participate in further understanding themselves as women and indulging themselves in feminine activities. Divided into four portions, De’Feminae comprised a fitness workshop conducted by Assoc. Prof. Dr Mastura Johar, a motivational talk given by Mrs. Siti Norain Abd Samad, a make-up session by Mrs. Siti Nadhirah Abd Razak from Mary Kay as well as a glass painting competition conducted by Mr. Mohd Norazmi Mokhtar from River Kids Studio.
Mogeneswari Jai Sankar, director of De’Feminae further clarified the event’s intentions, “This workshop was devised to teach girls that they are valuable and that they have a voice. With the right tools and information, they can be anything they want and be proud of themselves.”
One of the participants, Nurul Ain Binti Mohamed Azlan, a second year Graphics and Multimedia student expressed her excitement regarding the event, “At first I wasn’t so sure about the event but as the motivator started to give her speech, it became more and more interesting. The phrase that stuck out to me most was ‘Not everything that we want is good for us’. Out of the activities, my favourite was the glass painting session because I had won 2nd place, though the motivational talk was fun too.”
Another participant, Amira Binti Mohd Yusof, a second year student majoring in Electrical Power Engineering, was in agreement with Ain. With a smile, she expressed similar feelings, “At first I felt like it wasn’t all that interesting but as soon as the session started, I was hooked! Moreover, I really enjoyed the glass painting session since it really helped relieve the stress.”
We asked the girls whether they would love to join a similar event in the future, where both of them nodded enthusiastically.
“Of course,” Ain said, “It gives a lot of benefits.”
Written by: Muhammad Amir Hazim bin Jamaluddin
Edited by: Heng Peng Hui and Ahmad Danial ‘Irfan bin Husain
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