THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Women’s empowerment, enhancing livelihoods and ensuring living opportunities for women through employment generation are of prime importance today, said Jennifer McIntyre, US Consul General, Chennai.
She was interacting with the students at the Resource Enhancement Academy for Career Heights (Reach), the professional grooming academy under the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation (KSWDC) here. The US Government on its own and in alliance with several countries is working towards ensuring empowerment of women across continents.
Opportunities for studying better employable jobs should be exposed to women of all strata, including those who had to stop their studies in between owing to several reasons, she said.
The Consul General also appreciated the women’s empowerment initiatives of KSWDC and Reach.
McIntyre’s visit was followed by an interaction with Minister for Panchayats M K Muneer. Education and development working groups shall enhance our partnerships in education and initiate discussions about women’s empowerment in its totality, the Minister said.
The Minister also briefed the Consul General and team about the various social welfare activities initiated by the Government.
The team also had a close examination of the Reach Certification Programme, a module that is designed to equip candidates with the requisite skills for a professional career.
Maya Sivakumar, regional officer, Unicef; P Y M Sunish, managing director, KSWDC; and Sreevidya, centre head, Reach, also attended the meeting.