Encouraging more women in technology sectors

To date, 3,981 women were recognised in the Technologist category, and 281 have been recognised in the Technician category

by ASILA JALIL / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

WOMEN’S involvement in the fields of technology, engineering and science is still low at 28% compared to the percentage of men in those sectors, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said.

“Therefore, the government will continue to encourage women to go into those fields through initiatives like [email protected], funds for women entrepreneurs and various other programmes by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry,” she said in her speech at the Smart Technology for Smart City Summit 2019 in Shah Alam yesterday.

She noted that the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) has also been putting in efforts to recognise women in both fields.

To date, 3,981 women were recognised in the Technologist category, and 281 more have been recognised in the Technician category.

“Although the gap is big between men’s and women’s involvement in these fields, it is not an obstacle for them to compete and succeed,” she said.

She added that skilled technologists and technicians are needed to develop a smart city, and MBOT’s effort to recognise these professions should be taken seriously as it needs support from various parties.

MBOT’s summit is a platform for knowledge sharing regarding the development of an efficient smart city through the usage of the latest technology.

“I hope the outcome from this conference will give additional value towards the present efforts by the government and private sectors in an effort to develop a smart city and creating a digital and competitive community,” she said.

On another matter, Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the women, family and community development minister, said the ministry is getting feedback from the seven states which were opposed to the government’s move to raise the minimum legal marriageable age for Muslims to 18.

“We want the age limit to be raised because we want our children, boys and girls, to get educated and understand that marriage is a responsibility.

“We do not want high divorce rate among youths to be a social problem,” she added.

Last week, Sarawak, Pahang, Terengganu, Perlis, Negri Sembilan, Kedah and Kelantan disagreed with the amendment to child marriage laws.

Selangor is the only state which has amended its state enactment, while the Federal Territories have begun the amendment process. Penang, Sabah, Johor, Melaka and Perak have agreed to amend their laws.