KUCHING: Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah has urged the state government to provide a special grant to help women entrepreneurs.
“Everyone should strive to be economically independent, more so women. Therefore, it is the focus of the Sarawak Women and Family Department and other implementing agencies to develop women entrepreneurship,” said the Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister.
Fatimah said 85 percent of small and medium entrepreneurs were women and they had been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“They need help to rise again and build the family economy for the common good,” she said during her address at the International Women’s Day celebration today.
Fatimah said the special grant could be channelled by the state government through its Women and Family Department.
“Our hope is that with an increase in the allocation, more women entrepreneurs from all over Sarawak will benefit and in turn help stabilise the economy of their families,” she said.
The Dalat assemblywoman also called on the government, civil service and policy makers to embrace and practise gender equality.
“This must be a shared agenda. Let us work together to shape a more equitable future for our loved ones, our children, grandchildren and future generations,” she said.
Fatimah added the aspirations of women worldwide were the same, which were to rise up to the challenges as well as demand equal access and opportunities.
“This is through full and active participation in decision making, empowerment as well as reject any form of discriminations against women,” she said.