IWB Sponsored Public Forum

17 FEBRUARY 2020

Public Forum: “Women in Higher Education and Leadership: Is there a Mismatch?”

On Monday February 17th, Institut Wanita Berdaya (IWB) Selangor in collaboration with the Asian Women's Leadership Project Malaysia held a Public Forum entitled Women in Higher Education and Leadership: Is there a Mismatch?

Issues that were examined included the reasons behind the mismatch between women's enrolment in higher education, their participation in the labour market and their achievement in leadership positions. Discussions also explored whether universities can effectively teach and provide training for women's leadership, and particularly, whether an all-women's university can make a difference.

The forum also share the results of an IWB commissioned research project which examined the viability of a women’s leadership university based in Malaysia and serving the Asian region.

YB Hannah Yeoh, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development provided the Keynote Speech.

Panelists included:

Mr Christopher Choong, Deputy Director of Research, Khazanah Research Institute (KRI), Associate Professor Dr. Maznah Mohamad, Head of Malay Studies Department, National University of Singapore and Dato Judy Cheng-Hopkins, former UN Assistant Secretary-General.