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Malaysia exceeds target on women decision-makers

 | August 11, 2017

PM's wife Rosmah Mansor says Malaysia also achieved gender parity in terms of women’s participation in the labour force.

rosmah-careerKUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has exceeded its target of having at least 30% women at decision-making levels in the public sector.

The prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, said the country’s actual achievement was 35.8% at decision-making levels in the public sector, and 29.9% in the corporate sector.

“Malaysia is the only country that set the target and policies of the minimum percentage of 30% for women’s involvement at the decision-making level in the public and corporate sectors,” she said in her speech at the opening ceremony of the 48th anniversary of “Wanita”, a women’s magazine published by Utusan Karya Sdn Bhd (UKSB), here yesterday.

“In the past 10 years, Malaysian women have achieved significant successes, both at the national and international levels, whether in economics, education, politics, health science, space science or arts.

“Malaysia has achieved gender parity in terms of women’s participation in the labour force that increased from 47% in 2015 to 52% in 2016,” she said.

Rosmah said better access to education, employment and entrepreneurship as well as socio-cultural changes that had taken place in society had enabled women to move progressively and enjoy equal opportunities to contribute to national development.

In terms of economics, health and education, the Global Gender Gap Report 2016 reported that Malaysia had reached a gender parity level almost equal to that of developed countries, she added.

“I do admit that it is not easy for women to juggle their roles as wife, mother and career woman while facing the challenges of globalisation,” the prime minister’s wife added.


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