KUCHING: Women should sign up for empowerment programmes which could improve their skills in various aspects for their own benefit.
Deputy Minister in the Premier’s Department (Legal, MA63, State-Federal Relations) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said by being actively involved in such programmes, the skills they learn can help them contribute to their family economy.
“If women have skills like sewing, it gives them an opportunity to generate income.
“Nowadays, the price of hiring a tailor has increased. Therefore, if women learn to sew, it can definitely be a good source of income.
“They can also save money because they don’t need to buy or hire other tailors to make their own clothes because they already have the skills,” she said during the closing of a Women Empowerment programme at Dewan Serbaguna Kolej Komuniti, here on Sunday.
She emphasised that it would be a loss if women do not take the opportunity to gain knowledge.
“Knowledge gained is not necessarily acquired through educational institutions and others but also through sponsored programmes such as at Kolej Komuniti and others.
“Learning is a lifelong thirst for knowledge. So, be enthusiastic about gaining knowledge in order to benefit yourself and your family,” she said.
She added that the government provides various programmes that aim to improve skills in the interest of community development.
“Much has been set aside to train individuals through community development programmes, so grab the opportunity.
“This is one of the Sarawak government’s agenda which is to empower women through special programmes and funds,” she said.