Let’s get more women into work­force

New Straits Times - - Letters -

I READ with in­ter­est the find­ing by Khaz­anah Re­search In­sti­tute’s (KRI) re­search last year, which ranked Malaysia at 106th place out of 144 coun­tries in terms of hav­ing the low­est num­ber of women in the work­force.

The Philip­pines was at sev­enth, Sin­ga­pore, 55th, Thai­land, 71st, and In­done­sia, 88th.

KRI’s find­ings stated that in 2015, the num­ber of women in work­force was 54 per cent com­pared with men at 80 per cent. This in­di­cated that al­most half of the work­ing-age women in Malaysia were not in the work­force.

The un­em­ploy­ment rate of men was 2.9 per cent and women at 3.4 per cent, while the chances of women of be­ing un­em­ployed was 18 per cent higher than men.

Given that Malaysia en­vi­sions achiev­ing equal­ity in the work­force, th­ese num­bers are a cause for con­cern.

How­ever, it is in­ter­est­ing to note that the num­ber of women in ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions was higher than that of men.

Ac­cord­ing to Malaysia’s gen­der dis­par­ity in­dex in 2013, one of the main rea­sons is that women are bet­ter in all sub­jects com­pared with men.

There­fore, I do not see a rea­son why Malaysian women are not equally or more qual­i­fied than men to be em­ployed.

There seems to be gen­der stereo­typ­ing in the work­force, where em­ploy­ers may feel that women are not fit to be lead­ers and that men can do a bet­ter job.

Hence, men are given more con­sid­er­a­tion when it comes to jobs and pro­mo­tions.

It is en­cour­ag­ing to read that the gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor have started to in­crease the num­ber of women in the work­force. More poli­cies should be put in place to en­able women to par­tic­i­pate in the econ­omy.

Af­ter all, peo­ple de­serve the right to work and con­trib­ute to their coun­try.

Here’s wish­ing ev­ery woman, in­clud­ing the one I love the most, my mother, a work­ing pro­fes­sional, a be­lated In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

EUSOFF, Klang, Se­lan­gor

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