Photo - Advocators at Cyberjaya Women Forum 2015
Technology hub enabler Cyberview, together with Talent Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp) recently hosted an event in Cyberjaya to discuss policies and best practices for women leaders and advocators.
Themed 'Advancing Women in the Workforce', the forum at Cyberjaya Resort & Spa included eight influencers and more than 100 guests from the public and private sectors, including leaders from TalentCorp, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), IBM, HSBC, Experian Malaysia, AMD Global Services Malaysia, and Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC).
"Malaysia's technology sector is peopled by talented women," said Johan Mahmood Merican, chief executive officer of government agency Talent Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp). "This is unsurprising given that 63 percent of Malaysia's public university graduates are women.".
"Sadly, 46 percent of Malaysian women are not working, caught in a 'double-burden syndrome' of taking on the added responsibilities of managing their home, caring for their children or the elderly," Johan said.
"Platforms like the Cyberjaya Women Forum 2015 is critical therefore to build a network of employers intent to advance women from the classroom to the boardroom and encourage women to return to work through TalentCorp's Career Comeback programme," he said.
Backbone of the country.
Faris Yahaya, the managing director of Cyberview, said, "As pointed out by our prime minister in his National Transformation Programme speech earlier this year, women are the backbone and co-developers of the country. They make up 48.7 percent of the total population and account for 61 percent of the total graduate enrolment in Malaysia."
"To further elevate Cyberjaya as the Global Technology Hub, women play a vital role in reshaping the future state of the city and this interactive forum is one of our initiatives to empower working women to enlist and stay in the workforce," said Faris.
"To support the government's call to offer more women & family-friendly workplaces, Cyberview and many companies have established a flexible and conducive working environment for women employees," he said.
"These support and facilities include flexible working hours, 90-day maternity leave, and providing family-friendly facilities such as crèches and nursing rooms which have reduced some of the challenges and worries faced by working women," said Faris. "As a result, it has yield in better performance, productivity and increased loyalty to the organisation."
He added Cyberview was helping to form the Talent Blueprint with national ICT agency MDeC (Multimedia Development Corporation) to be unveiled by year end.
"We are continuously looking for ways to formulate policies that are women and family-friendly," said Faris. "With the findings from the Talent Blueprint, we hope there will be a more radical approach for Cyberview and other agencies to further advocate diversity at the workplace. Simultaneously, we hope to enhance our talents' skillsets to grow in line with the Digital Malaysia vision."
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