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Move to ensure women not ‘weaker sex’ in workforce

KUALA LUMPUR: The input on how women can be a catalyst in building a better nation may be considered for the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) initiative, says Women, Family and Community Development Ministry deputy secretary-general Azman Mohd Yusof.

That input was put forth at the Ministerial Forum of Management of Social Transformations (MOST) programme.

And, the ministry’s secretary-general said although women made up half of the undergraduates, they were still behind in the workforce.

“There are only 58% of them in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Datuk Dr Rose Lena Lazemi.

She said more married women were re-entering the workforce, which would narrow the unemployment gap between genders.

She said in 2030, 5.8 million Malaysians or 15% of the population would be aged 60 and above, making it an aged nation.

“The national policy is to look into the potential of these citizens as they remain active and productive in contributing to development of the country,” said Dr Rose.

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