Women in Leadership Bali: Marriott Business Council’s initiative to empower single mothers in Bali

The Marriott Business Council Bali celebrated International Women’s Day by launching Women in Leadership Bali, an initiative to empower single mothers with culinary skills in partnership with the Bali Department of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Service.

Women participants posing at Women in Leadership Bali by Marriott Business Council

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Marriott Business Council Bali, a part of Marriott International in Indonesia, launched an inspiring program to equip single mothers with culinary skills training. 

Women in Leadership (WIL) Bali was developed in collaboration with the Bali Department of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Service and Marriott International’s hotels and resorts across the island of Bali.

This empowering event took place at Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran, providing practical hands-on training in muffin baking for single mothers, also referred to locally as ‘PEKA’ or ‘Perempuan Kepala Rumah Tangga.’

Women holding certificates at Women in Leadership Bali by Marriott Business Council

Through WIL Bali, the Marriott Business Council aims to provide single mothers with new skills that could lead to economic opportunities. During the program, participants learnt baking techniques, recipe development, packaging and strategies for marketing. They also sold homemade muffins under the expert guidance of the talented Pastry Chef at the Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Ungasan, Desak Putu Eka Apriana Dewi.

Baking Demo at Women in Leadership Bali by Marriott Business Council

Sitha Saraswati, Hotel Manager of Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort and Leader of Women in Leadership Bali, expressed her honour in assisting women to achieve financial independence through culinary skills training.

The WIL Bali initiative highlights Marriott International’s holistic approach to embedding Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI), in line with the company’s core value of ‘Putting

People First’. Established in 1999, The Women’s Leadership Development initiative aims to formalise a comprehensive agenda for women within Marriott.

Furthermore, Dr. drh. Luh Ayu Aryani, M.P, Chairwoman of the Bali Department of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Service stated, “We are grateful and honoured to be the partner for this synergistic event, collaborating with Marriott Women in Leadership Bali in enhancing women’s empowerment based on the president’s direction. By empowering women to participate in the family economy, there is great hope for a prosperous family future.”

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