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Corporates Yet To Hit Target Of Women As Decision Makers

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PUTRAJAYA – The unwillingness to be open-minded and lack of will are among the reasons corporate companies have yet to reach the target of 30 per cent women’s involvement at decision-making levels, said the  Women, Family and Community Development Minister.

Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the attitude among chief executive officers and chairmen of public-listed companies must change in order to get more women represented on the boards of public companies.

She said the ministry had trained 790 women for boards of directors under the Women Directors Programme, which began in 2012.

“We have a supply of women to sit at the top management levels, but corporate companies lack the will and they need to be much more open in terms of looking for women candidates.

“There are so many professional women in various fields with the competence and skills to achieve optimal growth and productivity in nations and organisations,” she told reporters after chairing a Women’s Advisory and Consultative Council brainstorming session here today.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the National Women’s Day 2015 celebrations yesterday said that the council, comprising women of diverse backgrounds, will play an important role as a government advisory and consultation body to empower women.

Meanwhile, council member Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar said the Malaysian chapter of the “30% Club” would help to achieve its target by 2016 although only 10.3 per cent of women are currently hired at public-listed companies.

“The nation is currently lagging behind its target of having more women represented on the boards of public companies. It is time for the corporate sector to show full commitment and take appropriate measures to increase the percentage,” said Zarinah, who is also the club’s founding chair.

The 30% Club is a group of chairmen and business leaders who are committed to bringing more women to Malaysian corporate boards.

On the brainstorming session, Rohani said the council also discussed issues related to poverty reduction in urban areas, gender equality, family development, violence and creating more professional women. – BERNAMA

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