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Malaysia’s 'Wanita Bangkit' programme commended for impacting women

23/06/2022 09:30 PM

By Linda Khoo Hui Li

BANGKOK, June 23 (Bernama) -- The 'Wanita Bangkit' programme, introduced by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry was commended at the 2022 Global Summit of Women (GSW) for impacting women.

President of the Global Summit of Women (GSW), Irene Natividad said the initiative aims to train  housewives, widows, single mothers to be economically self-reliant.  

“The programme also provides start-up funding for women to make a living and sustain their livelihood. It is a great programme that trains women to start their business and to be economically self-reliant,” she told Bernama. 

Earlier, Natividad had moderated the Ministerial Roundtable session at GSW on Public/ Private Sector Partnership Advancing Economic Opportunities for Women and Girls here, today.

Natividad said the Ministerial Roundtable is a “recipe exchanging” to empower women and girls financially. 

Meanwhile, former secretary of the Philippines’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs Delia Domingo Albert also commended the Wanita Bangkit programme for looking after needy women and focusing on income generation as well as job opportunities.

“The idea is good. I commended the programme as it identifies women who need help, ensuring they have a better future through economic empowerment,” she said. 

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun presented  the Bangkit Wanita programme at the 2022 GSW’s Ministerial Roundtable.

She said the programme has helped more than 35,000 women, as of June this year. 

The programme was initiated when she and the ministry were all out to lend a helping hand to women who were struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, the minister added.

She said participants at the Ministerial Roundtable also showed interest and were keen to learn from Malaysia as the programme not only helped needy women but also monitors their progress from time to time.

"We want to help more women get out of the cocoon of poverty so that they continue to rise," she said.

She added that the ministry plans to expand the initiative by collaborating with more strategic partners from various industries to ensure that no women were left behind.

The programme which  was launched in September last year managed to bridge and provide job opportunities to 7,520 women in both sectors and provide 34,225 women with continued knowledge specifically in financial management and contribute to generate almost RM41 million to the Malaysian economy.



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