GREAT Women Malaysia Works with Malaysian Ministries to Empower Marginalised Women Through Entrepreneurship



GREAT Women Malaysia (GWM) Development Program was officiated yesterday by Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia witnessed by Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, Secretary General of the Higher Education Ministry of Malaysia and Patron of Great Women Malaysia. The program which aims to empower women in the marginalised society via cultural handicrafts and artisanal products entrepreneurship was launched at Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

(From left) Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, Secretary General of the Higher Education Ministry of Malaysia and Patron of Great Women Malaysia during the ribbon cutting to mark the launch of Great Women Development Program.

With a focus in fashion and the lifestyle industry, GWM Development Program via its ASEAN Great Women chapter, aims to raise women’s role and push them up the value chain through active participation in the economy. This includes helping the women in sourcing product materials such as yarn and textiles, to production and marketing, where they would be made part of a growing network of ASEAN entrepreneurs.

 
(From left) Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry, Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, Secretary General of the Higher Education Ministry of Malaysia and Patron of Great Women Malaysia at the launch of Great Women Development Program.

The women entrepreneurs under GWM would also get to experience working with the art and design faculties in local universities like UNIMAS and UiTM, to hone their creativity and to keep them abreast on the development in the art and fashion scene, as they would also be dabbling with high-fashion needs.



To incubate ideas and stimulate creativity, GWM would also launch its novel ‘Maker's Lab’ in May, to be located in the Borneo Hub (Blue Ocean Entrepreneurs Town BOET). It will be an exclusive facility for local designers to produce their products, explore textile innovation and to seek mentoring and training from GWM.


 

GWM also makes it an utmost priority to ensure sustainability of the natural resources sourced for the handicrafts and other unique products marketed under its flag, while promoting the ASEAN culture and spurring development, and as a catalyst in creating high-value lifestyle.

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