Advancing women in the workforce

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Participants at the Cyberjaya Women Forum 2015Participants at the Cyberjaya Women Forum 2015Participants at the Cyberjaya Women Forum 2015.

Cyberview Sdn Bhd teamed up with Talent Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp) recently to host top women leaders and advocators at the Cyberjaya Women Forum 2015 in an effort to support the initiative of making Cyberjaya a global tech hub.

Themed ‘Advancing Women in the Workforce’, the forum saw 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).

Faris Yahaya, the Managing Director of Cyberview (pic) expressed, “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% of the total population and account for 61% 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,” he further said.

“Malaysia’s technology sector is peopled by talented women. This is unsurprising given that 63% of Malaysia’s public university graduates are women. Sadly, 46% 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,” said Johan Mahmood Merican, CEO of TalentCorp (pic).

“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 added.

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. 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.

According to Faris, Cyberview is also in the midst of discussing areas of development for the Talent Blueprint with MDeC, which they hope to announce by the end of this year. “We are continuously looking for ways to formulate policies that are women and family-friendly. 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.”

Growing leaps and bounds over the past 19 years, Cyberjaya today is the host for more than 800 Malaysian and international companies including Hewlett Packard (HP), DELL, Fujitsu, AMD, HSBC, Shell and BMW. The tech city is on its way to becoming a Global Technology Hub with a mission of taking technology leadership to create high-income job opportunities, as well as a preferred investment hub.

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