PENANG has surpassed its initial target of having 30% women representation in the government and now on its way to hitting 40%.
State women and family development, gender inclusiveness committee chairman Chong Eng said the state hoped to achieve gender representation of 40% women, 40% men and remaining 20% of either men or women in all government departments and agencies by 2030.
“Under the Gender Inclusiveness Policy, we hope to create a workforce where no gender dominates more than 60% in decision-making processes.
“So far, Penang’s middle management has achieved over 30% and the Seberang Prai City Council now has 33% women staff members.
“Village Community Management Councils (MPKK) are now having 24% women representation and they are pushing hard to recruit more capable women, ” she said before launching the Beyond Women Empowerment Beauty Queen pageant at 1st Avenue Mall on Sunday.
In her speech, Chong Eng said the pageant was a meaningful event as women showcased their confidence and qualities on stage.
“Today, women are working alongside men to make a living.
“Employers should look into investing to accommodate needs of parents for better family development and improve their quality of life, ” she said.
Organisers of the event appointed Chong Eng as the pageant’s Game Changer ambassador for her relentless efforts in looking after the welfare of women and the community.
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