Workshops to help women with work-life, health issues

Women's groups tie up to offer expertise, tips to pregnant women, working mums with kids

A new series of workshops fronted by the People's Association - and organised by women for women - will begin next month.

Titled "A Better Me", the workshops will target pregnant women and working mothers with young children. The topics to be covered include women's and their families' health and work-life balance.

Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources and Health Amy Khor announced this at the International Women's Day conference yesterday.

"Many women continue to grapple with whether they should devote more time to care for their family instead, and juggle their many roles as wife, mother, daughter, employee or employer, and caregiver," Dr Khor said.

"But the irony is that often these women juggling multiple roles have little to no time to take charge of their own health," she added.

To this end, the workshop series will help give women the skills and knowledge to take charge of their health and also their families', as well as tips on how to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

This is the first time that the People's Association Women's Integration Network Council is working with women's organisations to build a network of community support and address women's needs, by collaborating with the Association of Women Doctors Singapore and the Empowered Women Entrepreneurs association.

Also speaking at the conference, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu encouraged more of such collaborations by these women's groups. "There are women's groups out there that support working women with different needs. We need to bring them closer to the community so that more women can benefit," Ms Fu said.

Dr Khor, who said it was the first time that these women's groups were working together, added that there is strong synergy in tapping their expertise.

The workshops run by the Association of Women Doctors will cover nutrition, mental health, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency assistance techniques, and bone, eye and dental health for women and children.

Meanwhile, among the workshops run by the Empowered Women Entrepreneurs, there will be lessons on work-life balance, parenting styles, breastfeeding issues and communicating with children.

Up to 1,000 women will be able to attend these talks to be held at Women's Executive Committees across the island. They are encouraged to meet, connect and keep in touch with one another, as well as form support groups.

Conference participants told The Straits Times that they were excited about the upcoming talks.

Ms Low Yuin Ling, 50, a chef turned financial consultant, hopes to share her culinary know-how with working or young families.

"We don't have to be master chefs, but we can teach them basic skills, like how to cook a traditional Chinese meal of 'three dishes, one soup'," she said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 01, 2019, with the headline Workshops to help women with work-life, health issues. Subscribe