Happy Women’s Day, Malaysia!

If you didn’t already know it, it’s National Women’s Day today in Malaysia! And in conjunction with this momentous day, the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development held a special celebration at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) today. With the theme “Integrate Efforts: No Women Left Behind”, the ministry put in huge amount of efforts to encourage inclusivity (on all parties) to make sure our womenkind is progressive and protected.

Dato Seri Rohani (middle) speaking at our office last month.

We had the pleasure of having YBhg Dato’ Sri Rohani Abdul Karin, the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development visit us at our CLEO HQ just the other week. And if you want to know something — it was so refreshing to meet the faces and people behind a Ministry. YB herself was so down-to-earth, yet so knowledgeable. The Ministry spoke to us about all sort of initiatives that are helping women get ahead in Malaysia… And it was so inspiring!

For one, their aim is to have 59% of women in the workplace by 2020. Currently, it stands at 55%. With career comeback programs in conjunction with Talentcorp, they encourage women who leave the workplace for family commitments to be able to re-enter their career at the same position they left.

Did you know that their Ministry is the only one that also practices a flexi-work arrangement? Perhaps you should consider taking a job with them … So they offer sliding work hours (you can come in late as long as you clock in a certain amount of hours, and are there at very important peak hours when meetings have to be held) or you can practice a “commuter family” arrangement, where, if you live far away or your family does, you have extended weekends (OMG?). Working remotely is a given, too, and they allow that as long as it keeps their employees happy and healthy.

Dato Seri poses with the Editors of BluInc. She’s in the front (black baju kurung and purple headscarf) while our CEO, Datin Azliza is next to her in the brown shirt. Spot Ed Lina in the back row on the left!

The aim, as well, is to have women in more than 30% of decision-making positions. We tend to drop out after starting a family, right? No problem, they’re working to have more women in power by 2020. Go girls! Perhaps we should all, like our very own Hot Shot Sarah Chen, Lean In.

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