One of the main drivers of progress on parity is the proactive participation of women in all levels of policy making, decision making and leadership in economy and society.
When participation falls, progress slacks.
Participation is empowered by various outreach, inclusion, education, motivation and mentoring mechanisms for promoting enterprise, employment and developing leadership overall.
Collective participation is enhanced by collective goals. A pledge, a purpose ignites and channels the power of the collective to act in synergy and solidarity to push the actions forward toward change and transformation.
We learned that in Malaysia the JPW, an agency under the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, follows a 4K Model of Women Empowerment, which serves as a guide in setting goals and directions and offers a framework for the implementation of programs on the ground. It covers the 4 domains of Life Balance, Financial Empowerment, Life Skills, Equality and Self Leadership.
We learned about the Malaysia Gender Gap Index (MGGI) tracks the gap between women and men. It does so across four domains viz. Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival and Political Empowerment, and wherein the full score would be 1.0 (100%) indicating that gender equality has been achieved.