Pact to empower women and marginalised communities via tech, innovation
Published on: Saturday, May 14, 2022
By: Jordan Jacob
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Kota Kinabalu: A one-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed to empower women and marginalised communities via technology and innovation.

The signing between Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre (Scenic) and Women in Tech® (WIT) would have those groups succeed in businesses which contribute to a sustainable and circular economy that brings greater impact. 

Scenic general manager Viviantie Sarjuni (pic) said the centre would identify opportunities for the parties to collaborate and cooperate on such as flagship programs, investment, technology and skill transfer initiatives for start-ups, MSMEs, innovators and other relevant stakeholders. 

“The centre will also share ideas and information towards the development of either party’s ecosystem,” she said.

“We will also link WIT to Scenic’s business associates and corporate members for business development opportunities,” she added.

WIT Global Movement Malaysia chapter country director Yuki Aizawa said they are proud to announce the first MoU with a Science and Innovation entity of a regional government in Sabah.

Before this, it started with cooperations with federal government-backed institutions such as Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology and Innovation (Mranti) and Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).

“We create impact through action to build skills and confidence, setting women up for success through our programmes, mentorship, member’s social gathering, workshops and events through collaboration with Scenic and communities,” she said.

“Immediately after the signing, there will be programmes such as online or offline workshops, and mentorship,” Yuki said.  

WIT also sponsored 100 women for certification courses whose enrolment will begin by the end of August. 

“There will also be summit events in Sabah and Kuala Lumpur,” she said, adding there would also be community activities. 

Scenic is an initiative under the state Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry. 

It aims to accelerate industries in Sabah through technology, innovation and creativity, as well as collaboration with various stakeholders in the ecosystem. 

WIT, which its head office is in Paris, is an international non-profit organisation on a mission to close the gender gap and to help women embrace technology. 

It focuses on four primary areas that are a call for action: Education, Business, Digital Inclusion and Advocacy. 


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