Parties must support women participation in politics

by ASILA JALIL / pic by TMR FILE

POLITICAL parties need to promote women participation in Parliament by providing a conducive environment.

Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff said there are currently 33 (15%) women representation in the Dewan Rakyat out of 220 seats in the august house, excluding two empty seats.

She noted in the Dewan Negara, there are eight women representatives out of 53 members, which also equals to 15%.

She also cited statistics from the Public Service Department (JPA) in 2020 which stated there was 38.2% women representation at the decision-making level via filing in Premier Grade C and above while the private sector had 25.8% women representation as board members out of top 100 listed companies.

“The ministry is of the view that it is every party’s responsibility to increase women representation in parliament because it depends on the total number of seats allocated for women candidates as well as the victories obtained by them.

“We also need to provide an environment that supports women involvement which we can start by cultivating interests through training and education and put in efforts to eliminate all forms of discrimination that stop women from being involved in leadership and politics,” she said in the Dewan Rakyat today.