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Malaysia govt committed to increasing women in the workforce

The Star/ANN | Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

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KUALA LUMPUR - The Government is committed to increasing the number of women in the workforce by continuing to implement women-friendly policies.

Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said the Government was focused on increasing women's participation in the workforce to 55 per cent by 2015 from 52.4 per cent last year by introducing various strategies.

"One of the Government's strategy is to increase the number of child-care centres and get more (existing) centres to register," said Chew, adding that a task force had been formed to look into the matter.

More child-care centres, she said, would contribute towards making working life more conducive for women.

"We want to provide a more conducive environment for women to work in. We also want to avoid women from dropping out of the workforce after giving birth," she said after closing the Women Extraodinaire Forum 2014 here yesterday.

The ministry would continue to introduce programmes for women to ensure their participation in the country's development, including those aimed at closing the gender gap between men and women, Chew said.

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