Time to build back better with more women leaders

Women’s representation in politics is important because a decision-maker’s gender distinctly affects what policies are prioritised.

IN the 64 years that Malaysia has been independent, there have only been 16 women Cabinet ministers.

Today, close to 50% of Malaysia’s population is female and women make up 50.5% of the total voting population. Yet, with 33 women MPs, they comprise only 15% of the Dewan Rakyat currently, while out of 31 ministers of the previous Perikatan Nasional government, only five were women.

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