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Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles (second from right) at the Women’s Group Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur today. Bernama Photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, attended a women's group discussion here today.

Upon arrival, Her Royal Highness was introduced to the members of the discussion group by the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Vicki Treadell.

Camilla gave a warm smile, shook hands with the women leaders who attended the discussion and asked about the activities of each of the women’s organisations.

Among those present were National Council of Women's Organisations Malaysia (NCWO) president Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin; Women's Aid Organisation vice-president Meera Samanther and Astro Group chief executive officer Datuk Rohana Rozhan.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla arrived here Thursday on their maiden visit to Malaysia, which commemorates the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

The visit to Malaysia is part of a tour of Their Royal Highnesses to Singapore, Malaysia and India from Oct 30 to Nov 9, aimed at strengthening ties between Britain and Asia.

Sharifah Hapsah told Bernama afterwards that Camilla was impressed with the activities of women’s groups in Malaysia and urged them to continue with their good work.

“We did have a fascinating discussion. The Duchess of Cornwall listened to everyone. Her Royal Highness was very warm, very nice and gracious throughout the discussion. She listened to each of us before reacting or making any comment,” she said.

Sharifah Hapsah said Camilla also asked about initiatives taken on violence against women in Malaysia.

“Her Royal Highness brought up the subject of violence against women. Those in the discussion told the Duchess of Cornwall what they have been doing in Malaysia,” she added.

Sharifah Hapsah said the women leaders shared with the Her Royal Highness the matter of empowerment of women in Malaysia, especially at the workplace.

“Women leaders in the discussion shared that some women in Malaysia still questioned why they were not given leadership positions,” she said, adding that the Duchess of Cornwall understood the problem and said such a scenario was also present in the United Kingdom. -- Bernama

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