PUTRAJAYA: The government is committed to
continue empowering women in the country
towards ensuring their full potential can be
realised and enhanced, said Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the government not only recognised
their importance but had included them in
mainstream development and in transforming
"In our history... in the struggle for
independence... in our struggle after
independence...in our struggle to achieve
the nation's vision...women played an
important role towards achieving the
aspirations and goals of the country.
"That is why we are gathered here today, to
trigger waves among women, so that women
come forward and in turn raise the spirit,
that national aspirations cannot be achieved
without the empowerment of women throughout
the country," he said when launching the 1
Million Women Purple Walk 2013, here .
Also present were the Prime Minister's wife Datin
Seri Rosmah Mansor,Deputy
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and
Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman,
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein,
Information, Communications and Culture
Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim and
Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk
Seri Dr Ali Hamsa.
The Prime Minister said that as a result of
the government's efforts over the years,
many successes had been achieved by women,
for example in the field of education.
"In higher education centres, why is that 62
per cent of the enrolment comprise female
students ... this is due to their having the
qualifications, "he said.
He also said that the government would
continue with its policy of having 30 per
cent of women employed at the
"Now 30 of the 62 High Court judges are
women, of the secretaries-general in
ministries, seven of them are women with the
latest being in the Ministry of Health," he
Najib also said he wanted government-linked
companies (GLCs) and government-linked
investment companies (GLICs) to appoint at
least one woman or more to their boards.
"The national transformation policy will not
be achieved if women are not given equal
opportunities, not empowered and included in
the mainstream, not only at the highest
level but also at the grassroots," he said.
Source: The Star, 17 March 2013