PWB Fund to escalate next year

SHAH ALAM, NOV 5: Starting next year, funding for Pusat Wanita Berdaya (PWB) or Women’s Empowerment Centre will be increased to stimulate socio-economic activities following a positive feedback in all 44 centres in Selangor.

Its Welfare, Women’s Affairs, Science, Technology and Innovation Exco, Rodziah Ismail said that there would be numerous exciting programs to be introduced soon including organised programs to generate income and financial management for the medium-sized entrepreneurship.

For the non-organised program, it would range from courses on cooking, sewing to information technology that could be taught or on a sharing basis amongst them at the centre.

Previously, the State Government of Selangor had allocated approximately RM 1.33 million through Geran Selangorku as well as an allocation on other necessary equipments for cooking, computers, and sewing.

‘Such allocation was given in stages, but as a Batu Tiga State Assemblywoman myself, I have personally donated RM 150, 000 or one third of the allocation for the program in my constituent’, she said during an interview after the opening ceremony of Program Pemeriksaan Kesihatan Percuma (Free Health Check-Ups Program) at the PWB Hall in Seksyen 24.

She added that most of those, especially women who came forward to contribute to the program were not money-motivated. Rather, they were there with sincere intent of developing and sharing their expertise.

‘We are here as a knowledge-sharing group of women and not a bunch of quidnunc. I am expecting to see every centre with such input starting next year. Therefore, accommodating facilities must be well planned.’

It is expected that all 56 constituents will have one PWB at the end of this year.

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