The GREAT Women Malaysia (GWM) Development Programme that was officiated by Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, aims to empower women in the marginalised society via cultural handicrafts and artisanal products entrepreneurship. The programme was launched at the Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).
Focusing in the fashion and lifestyle industry, the GWM Development Programme also aims to raise women’s role and push them up the value chain through active participation in the economy.
“Many of the entrepreneurs here are graduates from local universities and they opted to venture into entrepreneurship. The ministry sees education as self-employment and this is where we input on any business and entrepreneurial elements to our students. We want to see them become job creators, not job seekers,” states Tan Sri Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, Secretary General of the Higher Education Ministry of Malaysia and Patron of GMW.
To incubate ideas and stimulate creativity, GWM plans to launch its novel ‘Maker’s Lab’ in May, that will be located in the Borneo Hub. It will serve as an exclusive facility for local designers to produce their products, explore textile innovation as well as receiving mentoring and training from GWM.