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.