THE National Council of Women’s Organisations (NCWO) Malaysia recently signed a collaboration agreement with the Malaysian Working Mothers Forum (MWMF), an online community platform created for young Malaysian working mothers. The forum aims to provide emotional, mental and community support to mothers who need to manage both family and work life in tandem.
In line with the government’s call for more women in the workforce, the MWMF was established in early 2011 in recognition of the contribution of working mothers in this country. The forming of an interactive online platform meant that members could connect with each other, professional bodies, and experts for support and inspiration. Being an interactive online platform, this forum is convenient for busy working mums.
“With the female population forming more than half of Malaysia, it is crucial for society, especially employers, to understand and to cater to the needs of working mothers.
“The female workforce has increased tremendously in our country, but a lot of women have opted to leave work due to inadequate support provided by the workplace,” said MWMF executive director Parveen Yassin.
According to NCWO president Prof Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin, she was impressed when MWMF approached her with the concept and a full plan of initiatives, which consists of social networking platform, a website, polls and surveys, a guidebook for working mothers as well as a year-end convention.
“As the advisory body and catalyst for the change in women’s status and their participation in national development, we see a major potential in MWMF’s ability to help working mothers achieve greater fulfilment in their career and their home life. We are glad to be the partner of the forum, and together we will move Malaysian working mothers forward,” she said.
The MWMF Facebook page for working mothers highlights current issues and articles related to personal development, family, health, career and much more. The page has gathered almost 3,000 followers since it was activated last year.
The official website and forum section, which is expected to be a hit among the members of the MWMF will be launched by April. Besides participating in the forum where members are able to post new topics, interact and network, a pool of experts’ opinions and advice will be made available for members who seek guidance and clarification.
“We would like to thank our main sponsor, Dutch Lady Malaysia, for supporting the cause.
“Dutch Lady Malaysia itself has demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of mothers and mothers-to-be by implementing a 90-day paid maternity leave policy, flexible working hours and nursing room facilities.
“Also, we would like to express our gratitude to the venue sponsor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, for making this signing ceremony a successful one. The collaboration with NCWO definitely strengthens our faith in embarking on the cause, and their expertise will also offer a great value to our members,” Parveen added.
MWMF invites all who have an opinion on issues relating to work-home to participate in discussions on the Facebook and emphasises that the forum is not just a platform for working mothers alone, but also for other members of the family.
In addition, MWMF would like to call for like-minded organisations to support and participate in this social cause. For more information, write in or contact MWMF via the Malaysian Working Mothers Forum Facebook page.