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Meeting the 30pc women quota
Published on: Thursday, August 03, 2023
By: Anthea Peter
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Meeting the 30pc women quota
Flovia (seated middle), Tarsiah (seated third left) and the course participants at the leadership programme’s official opening ceremony.
Kota Kinabalu: There is a need for more initiatives to upskill and groom women in Sabah to assume leadership positions in order to fulfil the targeted 30 per cent quota of women’s involvement in decision-making roles.

As such, Community Development and People’s Well-being Minister Datuk James Ratib commended the Sabah Women’s Leadership Academy (AKWan) for providing a platform that could yield a positive impact on the advancement of women’s leadership. 

“I believe that through this effort, we can produce more capable and competitive women, in line with the development of a globalised digital world. 

“What is more important is that women’s involvement needs to reach 30 per cent in various aspects including economics, politics or social.

This is justified because successful countries have great women. 

“This will ultimately lead to the wellbeing of society, especially in Sabah.

With the involvement of women in administrative organisations at various levels, it will bring great changes to policies and laws and contribute to the development of the family, society and country. 

“If seen as a whole, there are many women in Sabah who have good character, are educated, skilled and capable of leading an organisation.

“So (leadership building) initiatives (for women) like this are very good and need to be continued,” he said in his speech, read by his Assistant Minister Datuk Flovia Ng, when officiating the Women’s Leadership Intermediate Course Programme for Government Linked-Company (GLC) Leaders at Ming Garden Hotel, here, Sunday. 

The Sugut Assemblyman stressed that women empowerment is a joint responsibility of all parties. 

“To make women empowerment successful requires a high commitment from all stakeholders.

The need to develop (women’s) leadership skills is important especially technique and communication skills.

“Therefore, I call for women’s perspectives to always be taken into account in the formulation of policies and programme planning to ensure that women receive fair opportunities in the country’s development,” said James. 

The leadership course, organised by AKWan under the Sabah Women’s Advisory Council (MPWS) through the Sabah Women’s Affairs Department, aims to empower women at all levels from the grassroots to higher up and was participated by 39 women. 

“It is my hope that the attendees from various sectors and positions can meet and share different ideologies and views. 

“Useful sharing can have a great impact and be effective.

The knowledge obtained and made the best use of will enable one to be a knowledgeable leader who is able to guide the organisation towards excellence and integrity,” he said. 

MPWS Chairperson Datuk Dr Tarsiah TZ Taman was also present. 

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