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KUCHING, March 8: Women are better off today in Malaysia compared to two decades ago but more still need to be done to achieve at least 30 per cent representation in decision-making roles.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day today, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) National Women vice chief Voon Shiak Ni highlighted that only 11 per cent of MPs are women, while only 8.6 per cent of ministers are women.
“The figure is far short of the call for 30 per cent women representation in decision-making positions. We are still not quite there yet even though we are in a better position than two decades ago,” she said in a press statement today.
“The figure also showed that the fabric of society in Malaysia and its system are still very male-dominated or patriarchal.”
But on a positive note, Voon acknowledged that the achievement was still a great stride and improvement for women in politics as the figure was much lower in the past.
“We are hopeful that the government will continue to improve on women’s socio-economic status in society and to tap on their potentials and strengths, especially in policy and decision-making positions, in efforts to support this year’s International Women’s Day’s theme of #BalanceforBetter,” she urged.
The women race, she added, could contribute effectively to nation building with their male counterparts as well.
“This special occasion will be more meaningful and make a difference to the women race if women’s role in society is given the necessary focus, importance, opportunities and highlights by both state and federal government,” she said.
Voon added that PKR Sarawak branches across the state had organised various activities to celebrate this special day with the grassroots and public. — DayakDaily