PA launches programme to support low-income women

SINGAPORE - Five hundred under-privileged women were given care packs on Sunday morning as part of the International Women's Day celebrations by the People's Association.

The care packs include items such as food, enrollment passes for courses and supermarket vouchers, and are part of the new SG50 Women Care programme launched by the PA Women's Integration Network and the 104 Women's Executive Committees (WECs).

The programme will consist of social support, financial literacy and skills upgrading, said Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower.

Women from low-income families will be identified and visited by WEC befrienders, invited to financial literacy classes, and told about skills upgrading classes. They will also be advised on how to use their SkillsFuture Credit for classes when the scheme is launched next year.

Last year, 600 WEC members were trained and appointed to become befrienders who reached out to 18,000 elderly residents.

They explained the Pioneer Generation package and universal insurance scheme Medishield Life to the elderly.