Workplace discrimination, family commitments are the main challenges women remain in their careers

Workplace discrimination, family commitments are the main challenges women remain in their careers

KUALA LUMPUR: The involvement of women in the employment sector, especially the professional field, is important in driving the country’s progress, but challenges such as issues of discrimination in the workplace and high family commitments involving this group need to be overcome to ensure they remain in their careers.

For Non-Executive Director of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Wan Izzana Fatimah Zabedah Mohamad Salleh, fair representation of women in the workplace can increase team productivity and bring more profit to a company or industry.

“Highly educated women are investment assets that contribute to the development of the country. The country will suffer losses when the capital invested in the form of education for women is not channeled through career involvement.

“The paradigm shift towards discrimination against women in the workplace needs to change. This can be seen in terms of giving salary rates, positions and so on to ensure that these women with professionalism do not leave their careers, thus attracting the interest of new women who want to work,” she said.

She said this when met by Bernama after the Darah Muda program titled ‘Professional Wanita, Hilang Dari Radar?’ published by Bernama TV.

Wan Izzana said the involvement of women in the gig economy sector is also seen as important to help women such as single mothers, disabled people (OKU) and retirees generate income flexibly.

“This gig industry needs to be expanded among women or anyone with a high family commitment. At MDEC, we are aware of the importance of developing this gig economy and MDEC has introduced various initiatives to realize it.

“Programs such as Global Online Workforce (GLOW) implemented in 2020, have now benefited up to 10,000 freelancers in Malaysia by offering training and guidance from experienced instructors. I hope women out there can get involved in the gig economy,” she said.

She said various opportunities are offered by government agencies, private parties and local industries that are able to improve the professionalism of women in the country, however, effective promotion needs to be implemented comprehensively.

Wan Izzana is of the view that sharing the responsibility of maintaining harmony and roles in a family should be carried out together between spouses to ensure that working women are not burdened.

“Responsibilities to the family and pressure at work have caused many working women to choose to leave their profession, especially when the country is now facing a challenging moment which is the post-Covid-19 phase.

“Therefore, the role of taking care of the family such as sending children to kindergarten, cooking and cleaning the house must be done together (husband and wife). The paradigm of the old mindset towards gender roles needs to be changed,” she said.

source – BERNAMA

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