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Government Looking Into Creating Women’s “30 Per Cent Club”

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KUALA LUMPUR – The government is studying the possibility of creating what is called the “30 Per Cent Club” towards increasing women’s participation at the decision-making level.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the same initiative implemented in several countries including the United Kingdom was seen as successful in placing capable women in top positions in organisations.

“In this matter, I understand that the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry and Pemandu (Performance Management Delivery Unit) are studying the possibility of Malaysia to have such a club using its own mechanism and mould.”

Muhyiddin said this in his speech when opening the Women’s Summit 2014 organised by the ministry, here, today.

Also present were his wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim and her deputy Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun.

Muhyiddin said the government had high hopes in the private sector to push women’s leadership to the fore for diversity and gender equality.

“In this matter, the government had in 2011 announced its policy of having 30 per cent women’s participation at the decision-making level in the corporate sector,” he said.

He referred to the Manpower Investigative Report 2013 of the Malaysia Statistics Department which stated that 78.6 per cent of working women in this country were employed in the private sector.

He said to achieve the 30 per cent target, the government had drawn up a policy and provided incentives for the private sector to encourage more women to join the workforce and to ensure they remain in employment and capable of filling up the high posts.

Muhyiddin said in the public sector, there were also women leaders who were capable of bringing changes towards achieving gender equality. – BERNAMA

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