Malaysia: Women's participation still has long way to go

Editorial / Opinion Piece / Blog Post

November 23, 2022

Malaysia: Women's participation still has long way to go


Efforts must be made to achieve 30 per cent women participation in political leadership. FILE PIC (News Straits Times)

Women make up almost 49.6 per cent of the world's population.

Unfortunately, political representation numbers do not reflect the global percentage of women. Based on the statistics provided by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), only 27 countries have reached or surpassed 40 per cent of women's representation in their national Parliaments.

On Oct 5 this year, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry organised a forum on women's leadership in politics.

Throughout the forum, the panellists, most of whom are senior leaders in political parties, agreed that 30 per cent of women should be deployed as candidates in the 15th General Election (GE15).

Click here to read the full article published by New Straits Times on 13 November 2022.

Rizal Hamdan
New Straits Times
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