Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Wanita dan Keluarga (JPWK)

The Women and Family Development Committee (Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Wanita dan Keluarga or JPWK) were established in January 2019. Officially appointed by the state government, each JPWK comprises of 15 all-women committee members in the 40 state constituencies in Penang. This means that there are 600 women grassroots leaders in the communities. It is a formal structure under the state government with the main function of organizing women empowerment and family development programmes.  JPWK is unique for being the first of its kind in Penang and the nation. While JPWK is under the purview of EXCO for Women and Family Development, PWDC manages the committee and its programme approval together with budget processing. PWDC is also tasked to monitor and evaluate JPWK and build their capacity.

 

Tasks of JPWKs:

  1. Plan and implement women and family development programme to increase awareness and empower women and families in the local community
  2. Identify potential local women talent for leadership development
  3. Serve as a platform for women from residents’ associations, NGOs, various organizations, and the local community to form a network to work together, develop programmes, share experiences and support each other
Structure

One JPWK is set up in each of the 40 constituencies in Penang and consists of 15 women committee members:

  • 1 Chairperson
  • 1 Secretary
  • 1 Treasurer
  • 12 Committee Members

 

The committee is encouraged to have the composition of:

  • 40% of representatives from the political parties, 40% of representatives from the local NGO, and 20% local women
  • Representation from all ethnic and age groups.
Inauguration

Inauguration of JPWKs

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow presented the appointment letters to every JPWK members in two Majlis Penyampaian Watikah JPWK held on 16 February 2019 and 6 April 2019.

Capacity Building

Project Management Workshop

The workshop shared the fundamentals of project management with its approval process for all JPWK members. All participants presented mock projects with input from PWDC.

Leadership Development Module

The module catered specially for JPWK develops women leaders who are gender-sensitive.

Portal

Protal JPWK

Portal JPWK was launched in April 2019 for JPWK project proposal management which includes proposal submission, proposal approval, quotations tracking and purchase orders, invoices and payment vouchers issuance. The portal access is restricted to PWDC, JPWK and ADUNs only. Analysis on JPWK programme which includes statistic on the number of programmes implemented, total participants with gender and ethnicity breakdown as well as projects spending will be made available for all ADUNs.

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