Gender Affairs begins the second cohort of the Work & Life Skills Progamme


The Directorate of Gender Affairs launched its second cohort of the 2022 Work and Life Skills Programme (WLSP) on Tuesday.

Over the course of 3-weeks, participants will be exposed to the basics of how to operate a sewing machine, cutting and choosing fabrics, and making clothing as part of the beginners’ sewing course.

At the end of the course, the participants will have made a single article of clothing.

The sessions which take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays are led by instructor Fiona Benjamin who is a clothing and textiles teacher at the Sir Novelle Richards Academy with an educational background in soft furnishings and upholstery.

The Directorate has received a donation of sewing machines from the All-China Women’s Federation which enabled the programme to be delivered without participants needing to have their own machine

One of the participants in the programme noted that sewing has been a “bucket list” skill that they wanted to conquer and was grateful for the opportunity to get free sewing classes

Every quarter the WLSP will train a new batch of participants in various subjects to build their capacity and increase their confdence and marketability.

To learn more about the Directorate of Gender Affairs and the Work & Life Skills Programme, visit any of their social media spaces or email [email protected].

The Directorate of Gender Affairs (DoGA) is a division within the Ministry of Social Transformation, Human Resource Development and the Blue Economy.

As the national gender machinery and focal agency for gender and development in Antigua & Barbuda, the DoGA’s focal mandate is to empower women and promote gender equality nationally.

The DoGA Work & Life Skills Programme (WLSP) aims to equip Antiguans & Barbudans with practical skills that they can transfer into employment or entrepreneurship. New cohorts open every quarter.

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  1. In the Rural west constituency, I am making a plea to our representatives to have similar introductory programs in phone & computer repairs, mechanics, culminary arts, seamstressing & tailoring,
    Our Community Center along with the multipurpose center can be the sites used to facilitate these programs. Because of the stigma, we prefer to stay within the community to acquire such skills, so we can empower ourselves, our families and our community.

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