Wanita Pakatan pledges to raise women in politics, economy, social welfare

Wanita Pakatan Harapan chief Zuraida Kamaruddin says the wing will introduce women-centric economic policies to encourage entrepreneurship and asset ownership among women. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, October 11, 2017.

THE women’s wing of Pakatan Harapan will push for a 30% women quota in leadership and decision-making positions.

Wanita PH would ensure a 30% women representation on the decision-making level on the village development and security committees (JKKK) and local councils, and in government-linked corporations and government.

Wanita PH will also introduce women in audit exercises.

“The women agenda is society’s agenda. 

“PH will also introduce women-centric economic policies to encourage entrepreneurship and asset ownership among women,” the wing said in a joint statement from the wing chief Zuraida Kamaruddin and her deputies Chong Eng, Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud and Rina Harun.

Each of the leaders represents PKR, DAP, Amanah and Bersatu, the component parties in the PH coalition. It is the first time the PH women’s wings have come together to announce its policies and plans.

In its women economic plan, the coalition plans to introduce women business policies and assist in the setting up of a women chambers of commerce to boost the women entrepreneur network.
There is also a plan for women cooperatives, which will receive aid in the same manner the PKR-led Selangor government allocates coop shares and the DAP-led Penang government renders aid to housewives.
The coalition also plans to give economic value and benefits to housewives who do not earn a salary so that their contributions will be reflected in the gross development product (GDP).

“Financial education will be a national agenda. PH will also implement gender responsive budgeting,” the leaders said.

The wing is also introducing women development agencies such as the Penang Women’s Development Corporation and Selangor’s Institut Wanita Berdaya.
It will also form family law reform committees in PH-controlled Penang and Selangor, and set up community centres with women officers serving as network agents between the people and the government. – October 11, 2017.

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