Inter-Country Collaboration, Islamic Community Development Master Program Expanding Knowledge at WAFIQ Malaysia

Wednesday, July 10th, 2024 Islamic Community Development Master Program (S2) of Postgraduate Universitas Islam Negeri Raden Intan Lampung visited The International Women’s Alliance for Family Institutions and Quality Education (WAFIQ) Malaysia. The purpose of this visit is to hold a Sharing Session and Workshop with WAFIQ with the theme “Inter-Country Collaboration for the Development of Islamic Societies in Asia”. This visit is located in Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM).

This activity was attended by 17 (seventeen) students of S2 PMI, Dr. Hj. Heni Noviarita, M.Si as Vice Director of Postgraduate UIN Raden Intan Lampung, Dr. Fitri Yanti, M.A as Head of Islamic Community Development Master Program, Farida Rahmawati, M.Kom.I as Head of TU Subdivision.

Prof. Dr. Rafidah Hanim Mokhtar as the President of WAFIQ warmly welcomed the arrival the members of Islamic Community Development Master Program. There were several series of events, starting with welcoming remark and do’a recitation by Nur Zulaikha Abd Kadir as an Exco of Law and Human Rights of WAFIQ, a brief introduction on Integration of Naqil and Aqli USIM by Dr. Nur Saadah Khair as an Exco of Hadith & Islamic Research of WAFIQ.

The next, the President of WAFIQ give a brief presentation about WAFIQ, The Role of WAFIQ in Shaping Policies in Malaysia Concerning Family, Women and Education. “WAFIQ aims to be a platform for women to voice their concerns on matters pertaining to their rights as a wife, mother, family member and employee. WAFIQ engages with governmental bodies and civil society organizations (CSOs) to bring women’s issues to light and to correct injustices in society”. said Prof Rafidah

Dr Heni as Vice Director of Postgraduate UIN RIL also give a speech as the representative of Postgraduate UIN Raden Intan Lampung. She express her gratitude for welcoming her members in WAFIQ. Also, she hopes this collaborative visit will mark the beginning of closer cooperation among all of us and let us work together to create an enabling environment for women to contribute maximally to community development.

Followed by a sharing session in the form of discussion between WAFIQ and Islamic Community Development Master Program especially for students. From the brief presentation from the president, students could response and also ask something that they want to ask about the policies in Malaysia concerning family, women, and education. In this session, each party also could be aware the development societies in Indonesia and Malaysia.

The conclusion from the sharing session that has been discussed, community development in Indonesia is apparently more protective of women’s rights compared to Malaysia. This event ended with taking photo together from both parties. (TWI)