In Malaysia, women account for just 10.4 percet of MPs and there are numerous obstacles to achieving senior positions.
Gender equality in the Malaysian workplace has somewhat improved, Suaram says in its 2015 Human Rights Overview.
“From 2014 to 2015, women holding senior management positions in Malaysia have increased in number from 29% to 34%,” said Suaram moderator Dobby Chew at the human rights organisation’s launch today of its annual human rights report for last year.
These findings were cited from the 2016 Hays Asia Salary Guide, which also found that 37% of Malaysian management positions overall were filled by women despite the Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum ranking Malaysia at the 111th place out of 145 countries, dropping from the 114th position in 2014.
Suaram acknowledged that much work remained to be done in attaining gender equality, noting that many Malaysians still retained sexist ideals about a woman’s role in society.
The report cited a Unicef media feature entitled “Gender equality in Malaysia: Fact or Fiction?” in 2015 that found that a majority of the respondents believed that men had a higher status in Malaysian society.