Fatimah: Women decision-makers in Sarawak’s public sector still short of 30 pct target

Fatimah delivers her speech at the opening ceremony of the Sarawak Women's Day 2022 celebration held at Pullman Hotel in Miri today (March 8, 2022). Photo: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, March 8: The representation and positioning of women in decision-making in the public sector in Sarawak is still below the targeted 30 per cent mark.

State Women, Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said since the policy of “at least 30 per cent women at the decision-making level in the public sector” was introduced in 2004, women’s participation at the federal level has exceeded the target of 37 per cent by 2020 but Sarawak’s achievement is still below 17 per cent over the same period.

“Only 15 people or 3 per cent of women were appointed as community leaders and only 535 people or 9 per cent of women were appointed as village heads as of January 2022.

“In the State’s public sector, 12 people or 15 per cent of women were at the top management level while 47.19 per cent or a total of 1,840 women were in the management and professional group,” she said during the opening ceremony of Sarawak Women’s Day 2022 celebration held at Pullman Hotel in Miri today.

Following this, Fatimah further stressed that many among the community have yet to embody the desires and understand the aspirations of women to achieve at least 30 per cent of women to be actively and meaningfully involved in leadership decision-making across all sectors by 2030. — DayakDaily