PENANG has begun a handicraft training programme for women, especially single mothers and the poor, to arm them with useful skills so that they can make a living.
State women and family development committee chairman Chong Eng said several female tutors were assigned to teach the women.
All the courses were filled with participants in a short time.
“There are three training courses for now in soap making, textile knitting and pastry snack baking.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted many people’s plans and daily lives.
“In past economic recessions, women often performed better than men in terms of employment.
“However, this year’s economic contraction due to the pandemic and movement control order has badly affected the retail industry which is highly dominated by females,” she said in a press conference in Komtar.
Chong Eng said that to help Penang’s womenfolk further, the state launched the inaugural Penang Women’s Assembly on Aug 21 to discover talents from all walks of life and let them have a deep understanding of the responsibilities of elected representatives.
“During this programme, a series of activities for the women’s rights movement will be held.
“Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) has also organised a food-tasting programme and a mentorship programme to help women start their own businesses in baking and build more women-oriented businesses,” she added.
For more information on PWDC’s activities, visit its Facebook page.
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