A dialogue to discuss the role played by women in Malaysia and the motivating factors for them to move ahead will be held on April 19 at the Royal Lake Club in Kuala Lumpur.
With the theme “Reaching for the Sky,” the half-day event is organised by PCORE, the Association of Voices of Peace, Conscience and Reason.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim will open the event and the keynote address will be delivered by Datuk Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad, Deputy Director-General of the Public Services Department.
Among the speakers are women in prominent positions in both the public and private sectors. They include Datuk Zaiton Mohd Hassan, Director, Sime Darby; Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer, Air Asia; Dr Farida Shah, Vice President, OWSD and Fellow TWAS; and Hayati Taib, Chief Executive Officer, MyAgri Sdn Bhd.
According to PCORE president, Datin Halimah Mohd Said, “Women comprise over half the country’s population and, as such, a significant amount of public funds are invested in them. Ensuring that women, as well as men, have the opportunity to realise their maximum potential is therefore important to the economy of the country as well as women seeking equality.”
“In Malaysia addressing the gender issues has been on the agenda of the government but there is still the persistent trend of women lagging at the management level, on boards of directors and decision-making bodies in all sectors especially in science, the corporate sector, politics and technopreneurship.
“There is a need to seek ways to maximise women’s contribution to the future economic growth of Malaysia.”