Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said that the logo is instrumental in promoting TMW 2018 across the nation. Pic by STR/NAZIRUL ROSELAN

MARAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is set to launch the logo for the Empower Women Year 2018 (TMW2018) brand and website in Putrajaya next week.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said that the logo is instrumental in promoting TMW 2018 across the nation.

She said state governments conducting TMW2018 programmes are encouraged to use the logo.

"I wish all parties including state governments will use the TMW2018 logo in their women development programmes, which include entrepreneurship.

"As for TMW2018 portal, we will add in various information and activities related to women development.

"This will become a reference for various parties including non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to learn about the successful stories of women in the country," she said, after opening the district-level Empower ECER (East Coast Economic Region) Convocation ceremony here today.

Around 400 participants of Skills and Entrepreneurship Training programme and 15 participants of Academic Training programme received their certificates today.

Also present were Deputy Human Resources Minister and Maran member of parliament Datuk Seri Ismail Abdul Muttalib, State Women, Family and Community Development, Communications and Multimedia Committee chairman Datuk Seri Shahaniza Shansuddin, and East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) social development division general manager Zulkifli Yaacob, and Pahang ECERDC general manager Datuk Mohd Mazlan Shahrudin.

Rohani said the ministry has set a target of 59 per cent women participation in the workforce by 2020 as part of the 11th Malaysia Plan.

"Now we have achieved 56 per cent women participation in the workforce and we are confident the target (59 per cent) is achievable through cooperation with all parties, including ECERDC.

"I was informed that over 90 per cent of participants of Empower ECER are women.

"They take up training in skills and entrepreneurship to allow them to boost their monthly income." she said.

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