Malaysia is an upper middle-income Southeast Asian country with over 32 millions people. Kuala Lumpur is its national capital and the largest city. Since the 1970s, Malaysia transformed itself from a producer of raw materials into a multi-sector economy. Under current Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia aims to achieve high-income status by the end of 2020 and to move further up the value-added production chain by attracting investments in high technology, knowledge-based industries and services.
The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) in Malaysia was formed in 2001 to be responsible for the social welfare of children, women, family, community. The ministry determines the policies and direction to achieve the goals of gender equality, family development and a caring society in line with Malaysia’s firm commitment towards the United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Beijing Declaration.
The Malaysian government understands that to achieve high-income status by the end of 2020, women have to be the equal partners and drivers of growth and prosperity for all citizens. Its most recent budget made upholding the role of women a core strategy, and it aims to boost the female labour participation rate from 54 per cent as of last year to 59 per cent by 2020.
As a global leader in women’s overall development, Malaysia is the proud host country of the World Women Organization.