PUTRAJAYA, Jan 17 — The government must increase women’s participation in the workforce as part of its drive to empower women, Selangor Princess Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said today.
Speaking at the side-lines of the “Women’s Empowerment Year 2018” (TMW18) campaign launch, Tengku Zatashah said she was looking forward to working with the government, especially the Women’s, Family and Community Development Ministry.
“I do have a wish list in terms of empowering women especially in terms of education, furthering careers and health among others I am looking forward to discussing these possibilities with the ministry,” she said.
“But career development is the top priority. We must really push young girls and women out there to further their careers we are very good at multitasking, we can juggle between our personal lives and our professional lives. This is something we can really make progress on.”
Tengku Zatashah said it was important to highlight success stories of women, who had succeeded and to use them as role models in inspiring others to go the extra mile in whatever they choose to do.
The Selangor Princess also said the government had thus far made meaningful progress towards raising the status of women in the country, especially in providing for socio-economic opportunities.
“We have done a lot but we can do a lot more. There are still many areas that we can drive forward especially this year, using this TMW18 platform.”
The government has outlined a target of 59 per cent women’s participation in the workforce by 2020 as part of the 11th Malaysia Plan.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim had been reported as saying the figure currently stood at 56 per cent.
A study by Khazanah Research Institute found that Malaysia ranked 106 out of 144 in terms of women participating in the workforce.
Comparatively the Philippines ranked 7th, Singapore 55th, Thailand at 71th and Indonesia at 88th place.
by Jonathan Edward(Malaysia)
January 17, 2018