Empowering workshops

Arfa Khan is the president of the United Muslim Sisters of Latrobe Valley. photograph anne simmons

Arfa Khan is the president of the United Muslim Sisters of Latrobe Valley. photograph anne simmons

A series of workshops run by the United Muslim Sisters of Latrobe Valley is designed to empower women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds seeking a career in business or social enterprise.

The five-day free course begins with personality development and the community group's president Arfa Khan said it was to address a tendency for some people to not speak up because of a lack of confidence in their ability to speak English.

"If you're not confident enough [you] won't be able to face the problems in a new business," Ms Khan said.

"If you deliver yourself, present yourself in the right way, talk in a proper way and sell yourself in a proper way I think that's everything."

Women may have the skillset and potential to succeed in business, but a lack of confidence in language makes some women unsure if they have conveyed their message properly, according to Ms Khan.

Consultant Maree McPherson will run the first couple of sessions.

Although the workshops are designed for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, they are open to anyone.

The workshops will be held at Moe library community meeting rooms and child supervision is available.Limited spots are available and the organisers request those interested sign up to all five sessions.

The free sessions will be 9.30am-2pm on July 19, August 2, 7, 9 and 16.

For registration, email access.umslvpresident@gmail.com.

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