By Siti Rohaizah Zainal
SHAH ALAM, Nov 10 — Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari has reiterated the state government’s committment in creating a gender balance in forming Selangor’s policies and development.
Through the Gender Mainstreaming Project which began last year, it is now being implemented holistically to develop a better ecosystem.
“The implementation is not bound to the programme and structure of its officers, but on how to form attitudes, values, and identity in life.
“This is the important starting point to change. Not just in slogans and getting media coverage, but as a programme that respects women and the gender differences being practiced,” he said.
Earlier today Amirudin presented letters of appointment to 17 officers from the Gender Focal Team and Gender Focal Point in the Gender Mainstreaming session 2021/2022, at the State Secretariat Building’s foyer.
The second year of Gender Mainstreaming involves the education portfolio under the Menteri Besar, local council portfolio under state executive councillor Ng Sze Han, and community welfare portfolio under state executive councillor V. Ganabatirau.
Amirudin was accompanied by state health executive councillor Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud, and Wanita Berdaya Selangor chief executive Siti Kamariah Ahmad Subki during the presentation of the letters.
Selangor is the first state in Malaysia to implement gender mainstreaming, as an effort to promote women’s right and address discrimination towards the group.
Some RM1.8 million has been allocated to intensify the gender mainstreaming programme, in order to encourage Selangorian women to play active roles in the state’s development.