BY: NORHAYATI UMOR
SHAH ALAM, JULY 24: The State Government will launch the Selangor Women’s Policy Action Plan for 2017 till 2020 in the near future.
Health, Welfare, Women and Family Development Exco, Dr Daroyah Alwi said that the policy and plan will focus on seven main objectives.
She said it will encompass gender development, neglected women’s socio-economic status, close the gender gap and labour market aspect.
“In addition, the policy and plan will emphasise participation of women in leadership and political roles as well as their health and mobility.
“It will also include the freedom of women from violence and to nurture women’s innovative and creative talents,” she said at the Selangor State Assembly recently.
Dr Daroyah said the Selangor Women’s Policy Action Plan acts as a guideline and direction to formulate programmes to empower women in all sectors including economy, education and career.
She said, although there has been progress in the health and education sectors, a wide gap still exists between women and men from the aspect of economic opportunities and involvement in leadership and decision-making.
“Through the RM9 million allocation, The Institut Wanita Berdaya has designed various plans to achieve the Selangor Women’s Policy’s objectives relating to education, career and economy.
“This includes creating the Selangor Women’s Policy and Action Plan 2017-2020 and the preparation of research grants for studies and research related to women’s issues, children and marginal groups for the evaluation of their standard of living,” she said.
She said that the plan will be launched by Dato’ Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali as a show of support and encouragement for women’s affairs.
She added that the State Government will increase awareness and encourage more female students to be involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
As such, a suitable support mechanism will be identified to encourage their interest in these critical fields.
“This century is the century for women. As such, the establishment of IWB is timely to encourage and polish women’s potential, especially in Selangor,” she said.
IWB was founded in May with the intention to empower women in the fields of economy, education and career.
BY: NORHAYATI UMOR