KUCHING: Gloria Corina Peter Tiwet, hopes to inspire women in the state following her appointment as the first Sarawak-born woman of Dayak ethnicity to be appointed as a Malaysian envoy.
Gloria, a Bidayuh from Kampung Tanjung Poting Singai, Bau will be the new Malaysian high commissioner to Nigeria and is one of the five people who received their instruments of appointment as Malaysian envoys from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, at Istana Negara recently.
“I am proud to contribute to the history of Sarawak,” she said during a courtesy call to Sarawak Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family, and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah at Wisma Wanita here today.
During her brief speech Gloria said that there were not a lot of women doing what she does especially women from Sarawak.
“I hope that more women will join (the foreign mission) as this will help empower women and the future generations of women to come.
“The journey has not been easy for me but every challenge that I have faced has enriched me to be a better person and officer,” said Gloria.
She added that it with this responsibility, it is an honour for her to serve her state and country and hoped to inspire more women.
Prior to her new appointment, Gloria is the director of the Sarawak Regional Office in the Foreign Ministry and her profession has seen her posted to embassies overseas including in Chile, Argentina and Sweden,
Meanwhile Fatimah encouraged women in the state to further push boundaries and achieve things that were thought to be impossible.
“You (Gloria) are the one who broke the glass ceiling and the one that we look up to and you are the one who break the barriers, which is inspiring for all of us,” she added. – Bernama