Deputy Minister attends World Assembly for Women

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A WOMAN'S perspective in the planning and implementation of human security programmes should always be taken into consideration.

This was said by Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman in the High-Level Roundtable Discussion during the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo, Japan.

At the assembly, Datin Adina highlighted the importance of education as a basic necessity in ensuring sustainable human security because education can release people out of the circle of poverty and empower women with self-reliance in ensuring a sustainable livelihood, a statement issued by the ministry yesterday announced.

Chaired by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, the meeting which was held from September 12 to 14, touched on issues promoting women’s active roles in companies or organisations as well as global issues and women’s initiatives.

Under the theme “Toward A Society Where Women Shine”, the conference was launched by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

In his speech, Abe expressed his country’s commitment to continue providing financial assistance and strengthen international cooperation in promoting and protecting women’s rights.

The conference also acknowledged that the involvement of women in the workforce at the high or leadership level, on average, remains low.

The conference also agreed that the 30 per cent quota set for the composition of women at the leadership level is a method which has the potential to empower women in the employment sector.

Apart from that, to encourage more women to join the workforce, local organisations are urged to provide ‘women friendly’ facilities including family room, parental leave, flexible working hours and capacity building training for women.

The conference produced a number of resolutions among which are the need to change attitude of community towards women, to build women capacity, to balance between work and life and to empower women in business.

The conference expressed high hopes that such resolutions can be implemented in post-2015 of Millennium Development Goal.

More than 1,000 international and domestic participants comprising political leaders, business leaders, international associations, prominent women figures from 24 countries, including Japan, attended the conference.

Also in attendance were International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde; Akie Abe, the spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan; and Cherie Blair, the spouse of former British Prime Minister.

The Brunei delegation also paid a visit to Prime Minister Abe prior to the conference.

Accompanying the Deputy Miniwere Deputy Permanent Secretary Hj Noor Jusmin Hj Abd Samad and other senior officers of the ministry. The Brunei Times