According to a recent Grant Thornton International Business Report, 40% of Malaysia's women are in the workforce, apparently the highest in Asean1 . From the gender empowerment point of view, what do women who shun the cubicle-in-a-skyscraper do to become financially independent?
I started enquiring among friends and relatives about women who run cottage industries in and around KL. What my lens uncovered was the ingenuity, resourcefulness and determination of these women of various ages and backgrounds. To them, empowerment isn’t merely about the ability to generate income with what is commonly perceived as “women’s work”. It is about a quiet, steadfast pursuit of joy. Their passion and motivation have kept them dedicated to their chosen artistry.