Malaysia is aiming for at least half of senior policymakers to be women, announced Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim.

Already over a third of policymakers in Malaysia are women, she added. “As at December 2015, our record shows 35.11% of policymakers in the public sector are women,” she said

Two of Malaysia’s most senior technology roles are held by women: Dr Suhazimah Dzazali, Government Chief Information Officer, Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit; and Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, Multimedia Development Corporation.

Overall, women’s participation in the labour force has increased to 53.9%, Minister Rohani said, but it remains low in the private sector at 15.6%.

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