Include men in diversity
plans, women told
The Regent of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah
posing for a photo with delegates at the
of the Global Summit of Women 2013 in
Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Pic by Surianie
RAISING WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION: Both should
engage in discussions on shared goals, says
KUALA LUMPUR: THE Regent of Perak Raja Dr
Nazrin Shah has called on women to get men
involved in their diversity programmes so
that they can work together in joint
"It is essential to include more men in such
programmes so that they will have an insight
into the views, ideas and suggestions of
women," he said during a luncheon at the
Global Summit of Women 2013 here yesterday.
He said the "us against them" mentality
practised by some gender-biased parties was
harmful to organisations, regardless of the
"The result of not recognising women in an
organisation is grave and the head of every
organisation should realise this.
"Therefore, it is important for men and
women to both engage in discussions on
shared goals and interests."
Raja Nazrin, who was speaking on the topic,
"Engaging men in diversity programmes", said
at present, almost all such programmes
involved only women.
"In order to spread their thoughts and
increase their opportunities, women should
consider having men, who are able to come up
with influential policies, in such
"The participation of women is still lacking
in many areas. Many organisations still
consider their participation as an option.
"A lot more needs to be done in order to
improve women's participation."
Raja Nazrin said women already played a
vital role in the education and health
sectors, and were broadening their scope in
sectors such as science and technology,
business and finance.
The summit, which began at Shangri-La Hotel
here on Thursday, ended yesterday. It was
attended by 1,100 representatives.
The aim of the summit was to encourage and
ensure the continuous development and
promotion of women in all areas. It was led
by its president, Irene Natividad.
Present during the event was Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Razak's wife, Datin Seri