KLANG: Malaysia has been ranked second among Asian countries, ahead of Hong Kong and Singapore, for having the most number of women in senior managerial posts.
Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said this was stated in recruiting firm Hays’ latest report.
“It also said that at 34%, Malaysia came second only to China, which had 36% of senior women managers,” added the MCA vice-president.
“This is also higher than the Asian average of 29%, and proves the efforts of our Government have achieved remarkable results,’’ said Chew.
However, she added in her International Women’s Day message that more could and should be done to increase the numbers in Malaysia.
“Currently, only 52.4% of women of working age are part of the workforce. And, the Government is currently tackling this imbalance because it recognises the important role women play in national development,’’ she said.
Chew added that various strategies were being implemented to increase the number of working women in the country and these involved creating a suitable working environment such as flexible working hours and providing better childcare services.
She said the Government adopted “Make It Happen” as the theme for this year’s Women’s Day, in tandem with the United Nation’s 2015 International Women’s Day theme “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity”.
“Promoting women’s empowerment should not be seen as being the sole responsibility of women as it is a universal issue involving human rights,” Chew said.
“We hope that on the 105th International Women’s Day, we can help the public better understand issues on women’s rights.”