Human Services Ministry continues to push women empowerment

─ hundreds in Region 2 graduate from WIIN programme

Some 450 women from Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region Two) graduated on Wednesday from the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security’s Women Innovation and Investment Network (WIIN) programme.

At the graduation ceremony held at the Anna Regina Town Council, Human Services Minister, Dr. Vindhya Persaud, M.P, said the ministry is seeking to liberate women through self-development.

Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr. Vindhya Persaud and graduates of the care for the elderly course at the Anna Regina Town Council, Region Two

“I have always felt that women are our most valuable resources, not only in the world, but in our country, Guyana and no effort has been spared when it comes to offering women opportunities of development. Self-development, education, technical and vocational training and yes giving them the opportunity to be empowered and financially independent.”

Women from the region responded overwhelmingly to the programme with an overall pass rate of 96 percent. This was the highest pass rate compared to any region in the country.

Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr. Vindhya Persaud and graduates of the cosmetology course at the Anna Regina Town Council, Region Two

The minister extended heartfelt congratulations to the women for succeeding in the course.

“WIIN was chosen because it represents everything that I wanted women to see for themselves. The ability to cross the finish line and the ability at the end of that journey to say I have persevered; I have committed and I have accomplished. And I want you to give yourselves a resounding round of applause for ‘WINNING’,” she said.

Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr. Vindhya Persaud and graduates of the garment construction course at the Anna Regina Town Council, Region Two

WIIN was launched in Baramita, Region One in May 2021, to provide technical and vocational training programmes, especially in hinterland communities. The initiative is free, easily accessible and offers in-person and online training.

Since the launch, some 2,170 women were trained in multiple disciplines specific to the needs of their demographic area. These include Information and Communications Technology (ICT), cosmetology, care for the elderly, garment construction and more.

Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr. Vindhya Persaud and graduates of the ICT course at the Anna Regina Town Council, Region Two

WIIN offers free accredited certificates in multiple disciplines from agencies such as ABMA UK, ROYTECH through the University of the West Indies, and the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education of the University of Guyana.

Upon graduating from the WIIN programme, women are directed into entrepreneurship and are provided with support services.

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