Expanding Women's Rights Through Economic Equity
Women make up 50% of Malaysia’s population, yet the country has one of the lowest female labour force participation rates (LFPR) amongst upper middle income countries.
The COVID-19 pandemic has further impacted Women’s economic opportunities due to myriad socio-economic, cultural and accessibility issues & barriers. With less economic representation and equity, it means women’s rights, choices and their ability to lead social and rights based narratives are diminishing.
MWGF 2022 aims to identify barriers, understand causes and outline solutions & opportunities that can accelerate Malaysia’s Female LFPR, economic equity and boost economic recovery. Malaysia clearly has a dormant economic might that needs be unleashed and doing so would propel the country towards achieving the 2030 SDGs.
MWGF 2022 Resolutions
Enhance women’s economic equity and economic independence to improve Malaysia's female labour force participation rate and subsequently its GDP growth and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Invest in Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) to reduce unplanned pregnancies which will allow girls to continue their right to education and economic opportunities.
Invest in the care industry to address unpaid care work that often disproportionately burdens women.
Reform laws to mandate equal parental leave, which will shape how the next generation approaches gender roles in parenting.
Address gender-stereotyping attitudes at home, work and within politics that impede women’s participation in the labour force.
Gender-responsive budgeting and economic decisions must include the lived realities of marginalised communities and the disabled.
MWGF 2022 Speakers & Panellists
Yang Berhormat Dato' Sri Nancy Shukri
Minister of Women, Family and Community Development
Karima El Korri
United Nations Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Darussalam
Dr. Asa Torkelsson
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Malaysia Representative
Y.B Rodziah Ismail
Member of Parliament, Ampang