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said, adding that the min­istry was up­hold­ing the in­ter­ests of chil­dren through strength­en­ing pro­tec­tion against vi­o­lence, aban­don­ment, and ne­glect.

“The el­derly will not be for­got­ten. We aim to im­prove their liv­ing by pro­vid­ing a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment, pro­mote ac­tive age­ing and em­power dis­abled in­di­vid­u­als by hav­ing more train­ing and en­trepreneur­ship skills to in­crease their em­ploy­a­bil­ity,” she said.

Mal­dives Gen­der and Fam­ily Min­is­ter Zenysha Sha­heed Zaki shared her ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the fo­rum.

“We are ex­cited to learn from best prac­tices of other coun­tries and I be­lieve that this is a great plat­form for new di­a­logues and to im­prove our ex­ist­ing knowl­edge on cer­tain ar­eas.

Zenysha spoke on Mal­dives’ national cam­paign, launched last year which fo­cuses on se­nior cit­i­zens.

“The cam­paign was suc­cess­ful and we man­aged to carry out ac­tiv­i­ties fo­cused on ac­tive age­ing for se­nior cit­i­zens.

“We don’t want them to feel that they are iso­lated from their com­mu­nity. Ses­sions, which in­cluded youth, were or­gan­ised to en­sure that they could com­mu­ni­cate with se­nior cit­i­zens and erase any wrong perceptions that they were not in­cluded in the de­ci­sions that would af­fect them.

“There were spe­cial ses­sions for health work­ers and so­cial work­ers who work with se­nior cit­i­zens at the grass­roots level to pre­pare (them) for re­tire­ment and ac­tive age­ing.”

Solomon Is­land Women, Youth, Chil­dren and Fam­ily Affairs Min­is­ter Jim­son Tanan­gada shared his ex­pe­ri­ence re­gard­ing gen­der equal­ity.

“Pre­vi­ously in my so­ci­ety, women were usu­ally per­ceived as house­wives. But we’ve em­pow­ered them by elim­i­nat­ing (el­e­ments which are) dis­crim­i­na­tory against women. They now have equal ac­cess to re­sources and par­tic­i­pate equally in the work­force,” he said.

The event which be­gan on March 14 ends to­day. MOST is a pro­gramme un­der Unesco’s Com­mis­sion of So­cial Sciences which aims to de­sign, co­or­di­nate and im­ple­ment its pro­grammes and ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to so­cial sciences, in­clu­siv­ity and gen­der equal­ity.

Malaysia has been ap­pointed as Unesco ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for the du­ra­tion 2015 to 2019 through the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry. MOST was launched to strengthen the dis­sem­i­na­tion of knowl­edge to mem­ber states by en­cour­ag­ing ev­i­dence-in­formed ap­proaches through sus­tained di­a­logues be­tween re­searchers and pol­i­cy­mak­ers.


Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ro­hani Ab­dul Karim (fourth from left) of­fi­ci­at­ing at the Unesco Man­age­ment of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tions Pro­gramme fo­rum in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

(Inset) Mal­dives Gen­der and Fam­ily Min­is­ter

Zenysha Sha­heed Zaki (left) and Solomon Is­land Women, Youth, Chil­dren and Fam­ily Affairs Min­is­ter Jim­son Tanan­gada

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