QUO VADIS

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

Dr Hena Mukher­jee shared sev­eral mean­ing­ful in­sights re­gard­ing the most prac­ti­cal way for­ward for Ben­gali women in Malaysia, de­spite the hur­dles and con­straints en­coun­tered. 1) In­creased knowl­edge and bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of this (lit­tle­known) Ben­gali com­mu­nity in Malaysia is re­quired. 2) While it has spawned well qual­i­fied and fo­cused women at work, Ben­galis need to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of vis­i­bil­ity and im­prove their pro­files by vol­un­teer­ing for com­mit­tees at work and in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion in the de­ci­sion mak­ing process. Women need to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of vis­i­bil­ity and work on up­lift­ing their pro­files by vol­un­teer­ing for com­mit­tees at work, in­crease pro­file in de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cesses and over­all in­crease lev­els of par­tic­i­pa­tion; 3) Ac­quire bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of in­sti­tu­tional and gov­er­nance struc­tures in or­der to make them work for women and work to­wards in­creased ac­cep­tance of sug­ges­tions and pro­pos­als; 4) Ac­cess men­tors where nec­es­sary

and avail­able; 5) Pro­vide men­tor­ing for the younger gen­er­a­tions when re­quired and be­come their role mod­els. 6) Ben­gali women should not be­come ap­pre­hen­sive about glass-ceil­ings but be de­ter­mined to ex­pe­ri­ence a grace­ful as­cent based on choice, char­ac­ter, com­mit­ment, cre­ativ­ity and cir­cum­stances. 7) Con­sid­er­ing the: Ben­gali fo­cus on achieve­ment, aca­demic de­grees, tech­ni­cal and pro­fes­sional skills etc, and that most stu­dents/trainees are self-spon­sored im­ply­ing low unit costs for in­vest­ment

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