‘Create enabling environment for women to grow’

National 1 minute, 57 seconds

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE deputy minister of culture, youth and sports called for the creation of an environment that allows women to participate in the development of inclusive growth at a recent regional forum.

During the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Women and the Economy 2015 Fora in the Philippines, Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman reiterated the need to implement target-specific policies to build resilience among women.

In a statement issued by the Community Development Department, the deputy minister said women must be equipped with the skills and knowledge to increase their competitiveness, as outlined in Brunei’s Strategy and Policy Development Vision 2035.

Datin Paduka Hjh Adina also touched on the progress of women in Brunei by highlighting the prominent role of women in society and the economy, and acknowledged the need for an enabling environment to allow women to participate in the development of inclusive growth.

The deputy minister also spoke about the emerging trend among young businesswomen in Brunei who conduct online home businesses using technology and social media as a platform for advertising.

Among the panel speakers at the meeting was Hafimi Abdul Haadii, director cum shareholder of LVK Group of Companies, as well a founding member of the Young Entrepreneurs Association Brunei and member of APEC Business Advisory Council.

Themed ‘Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Growth’, the meeting took place from September 15 to 18 in Manila.

Among the issues discussed were the Policy Partnership Women and Economy Strategic Plan 2015-2018, which is aimed at strong sustainable, balanced economic growth in the APEC region that is “more inclusive and enabling for women to succeed and advance”.

The meeting resulted in a APEC-WE 2015 Fora statement that highlighted the need for public and private stakeholders to promote and respect gender diversity, as well as to encourage diversity at all levels of employment.

It also encouraged both sectors to develop mechanisms to collect sex-disaggregated data, formulate policies to ensure the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment, and to provide public transparency regarding actions.

The statement also acknowledged that building a “gender-responsive world” requires a social transformation of all members of society, and that female entrepreneurs need to be provided with proper resources to enable them to run resilient enterprises.

The Brunei delegation included senior officials from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and representatives of the Women Business Council.

The Brunei Times