Move to en­sure women not ‘weaker sex’ in work­force

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

KUALA LUMPUR: The in­put on how women can be a cat­a­lyst in build­ing a bet­ter na­tion may be con­sid­ered for the 2050 Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion (TN50) ini­tia­tive, says Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Min­istry deputy sec­re­tary­gen­eral Az­man Mohd Yu­sof.

That in­put was put forth at the Min­is­te­rial Fo­rum of Man­age­ment of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tions (MOST) pro­gramme.

And, the min­istry’s sec­re­tary­gen­eral said although women made up half of the un­der­grad­u­ates, they were still be­hind in the work­force.

“There are only 58% of them in the Asia­Pa­cific re­gion,” said Datuk Dr Rose Lena Lazemi.

She said more mar­ried women were re­en­ter­ing the work­force, which would nar­row the un­em­ploy­ment gap be­tween gen­ders.

She said in 2030, 5.8 mil­lion Malaysians or 15% of the pop­u­la­tion would be aged 60 and above, mak­ing it an aged na­tion.

“The na­tional pol­icy is to look into the po­ten­tial of these cit­i­zens as they re­main ac­tive and pro­duc­tive in con­tribut­ing to devel­op­ment of the coun­try,” said Dr Rose.

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