Young women must prepare themselves with knowledge and emotional and mental stability to be future leaders, said president of the National Council of Women’s Organisations Malaysia (NCWO), Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin.
She said to empower Malaysian women and girls, the government had implemented various programmes and strategies, including signing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1995 and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, as part of the nation’s development agenda.
Dr Sharifah Hapsah said the government’s commitment had seen the increase of women’s participation in the public sector to 36 per cent, which was above the targeted minimum of 30 per cent, while the increase in the private sector was also encouraging but not as fast as in the public sector.
“Many women qualify to be leaders but they are not chosen to be. So, it’s a loss for the country as we cannot achieve 50 per cent women’s leadership in organisations, institutions or elsewhere in the public or private sector, and in non-governmental organisations,” she said at the closing of the Women’s Leadership Programme: Building Future Leaders, held online, today.
Sharifah Hapsah said young women, especially university students, should prepare themselves to be leaders as there would be many challenges to be faced by them as leaders.
As the vice-chancellor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) previously, she could see that the students and young lecturers had a lot of knowledge but unfortunately, they lacked self-confidence.
”Among the characteristics of a good leader is being a role model by creating an environment that is professional and healthy for the community to develop and working with them as a team to achieve the objectives, while the leadership must be that with morals and ethics,” she said.
The seminar was organised by UKM through its Tun Fatimah Hashim Women’s Leadership Centre with the cooperation of NCWO and the Women, Faimly and Community Development Ministry.
Six topics were discussed, namely Women and Their Rights, Leadership Challenges, Engagement and Networking, Tackling Diversity, Mental Endurance and Sharing Leadership Experience.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency