Few women in decision-making positions

Fatimah deliver her speech at the State-level 2021 International Women's Day at Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Petra Jaya, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The representation of women in decision making positions in Sarawak is still low, asserted Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

“Although women have been given the trust to lead, their number is still too small,” she said when addressing the International Women’s Day celebration at Wisma Bapa Malaysia today.

Fatimah said only three percent of women were appointed as community leaders and only nine percent as leaders as of March 2021.

“In the state civil service, only 15 percent of women are in the top management level while 47.19 percent are in the management and professional group.

“So far, no woman has been appointed to lead government owned companies (GLCs). In short, there are still many members of society who have not yet embraced the aspirations and understood the aspirations of women as a whole,” she said.

Fatimah said among the aspirations of Sarawak women was more representation in politics to help formulate policies that were more gender sensitive.

“We are aware that there is still much to be done at the level of policy makers towards ensuring that the noble aspirations of women eventually become a reality that guarantees a more prosperous and harmonious life in the future.

“It is imperative for the people at the level of decision-making to give ample opportunities and open the doors for meaningful participation of women,” she said.

Fatimah added, however, women also needed to take action and strive to accelerate the process of realising these aspirations.

“We need two to tango. Similarly we need two hands to clap. I would like to call on all Sarawak women to continue working hard to build their capacity with knowledge and skills.

“They must also equip themselves in the field of leadership and social influence as well as analytical thinking.

“Sarawak women must also have superior personal qualities, be courageous, resilient, flexible and smart to overcome stress and rise to face challenges in line with the demands of the digital age,” she said.