by AMIR AZLAN / pic by BERNAMA
1,744 women have benefitted from Wanita Bangkit, a pilot program organised by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) by providing job opportunities and a platform for them to get into entrepreneurship.
Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun (picture) said, the program is intended to help women that is affected by the Covid-19 from B40 and M40 income group including housewife, widow, single mother and those that have to become the breadwinner of their family.
“Covid-19 has undoubtedly affected families all over Malaysia and some of these families had lost the means for them to survive, hence through Wanita Bangkit and our strategic partner we will help them to raise their living standards,” he said to the media today during the signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between KPWKM and strategic partner.
The initiative is divided into two methods of execution to help the targeted women to generate income from formal and informal sectors.
“For the formal sector, we will gather all the jobs from the private sectors and offered it to the women that is interested through a career fair organized by Women Development Department (JPW) with collaboration from Social Security Organisation (Perkeso) while for the informal sectors they will be linked to the platform and business opportunity whether through a government agency or from the private sectors,” she said.
The ongoing program started its operation on September 1 and will see its official launching in December by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The event also witness the signing of MoU between KPWKM and its strategic partner Syukor Dagang Sdn Bhd, Leong Hup International Berhad, Unikl Resources Sdn Bhd, DSAB Holdings Sdn Bhd, HEYHO Sdn Bhd, that provided the entrepreneurial platform for the targeted women to venture into business.