Boardroom doors not fully open for women

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Over 200 women are ready to sit as board members of public-listed companies, but the doors seem to remain shut.

“It is not that we don’t have qualified people. It’s just that the vacancies are not immediate,” Women, Fam­ily and Community Develop­ment Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said at the Women Directors’ Training Programme Ini­tiative 2014 here yesterday.

Seventy-four top-level women in management attended the event at Sasana Kijang, Bank Negara, here.

Rohani said the problem in placing these qualified candidates hindered the ministry’s target of having 30% women in decision-making positions in the corporate sector, as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in 2011.

Rohani added that the percentage of women on boards increased from 7.7% in 2012 to 8.6% last year.

“We are working hard towards ach­ie­ving the quota (of 30%) by 2016.”

Sisters In Islam programme manager Suri Kempe said the slow progress was because the policy did not make it mandatory for companies to appoint women into boardroom positions.

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