Single mothers, women in low income group targeted by ministry for small scale projects

Rohani (left) said women made up of 54.1 per cent of the 5.57 million of the total manpower in Malaysia. - dayakdaily.com

BELADIN: Single mothers and women in the low income group are the priority targets of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development to participate in the small scale business projects, said the minister Datuk Seri Rohani Karim here today.

She said the projects are being undertaken by the ministry’s Women Development Department.

“It is hoped that the projects will enable single mothers and women in the low income group to increase their household income and to enable them to be self-reliance,” she said at the opening of the Beladin Sewing Centre here.

Rohani said based on the 2016 statistics, women consisted of 15.3 million out of 31.7 million of the country’s population.

She said women made up of 54.1 per cent of the 5.57 million of the total manpower in Malaysia.

Rohani said a total of 85,204 single mothers have registered themselves with the ministry as of June this year.

On the sewing centre, she said it is one of the projects undertaken by her ministry to help women to increase their household income.

“I would like to thank non-governmental organisations like the International Women’s Federation of Commerce and Industry (IWFCI) for helping to set up the centre,” she said.

As a start, a total of 25 businesswomen have been selected to attend a training programme in sewing and product marketing organised by IWFCI and it is expected that 300 businesswomen will attend the programme in future.

“Through this project, manufacturers in Singapore can send their fabric in bulk to be sewn by the local women at the sewing centre.

“After the fabric has been sewn into shirts and dresses, they will be sent back to Singapore for marketing to other countries,” Rohani said. – dayakdaily.com