| Azlan Othman |
THE Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hjh Adina binti Othman, who recently attended the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo, Japan, expressed her appreciation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s continuous effort to highlight women’s issues around the world and not just in Japan.
She also lauded his ‘Womennomics’ policy, which portrays the Japanese premier’s commitment to women development in society.
Brunei’s delegation also included the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), Hj Mohd Noor Jusmin bin Hj Abdul Samad and senior officials from the ministry.
During the deputy minister’s courtesy visit to the prime minister, she discussed the challenges that still need to be addressed in greater detail, especially the need to change the communal mindset of women regarding equilibrium on life and career.
The assembly held from September 12-14, was attended by over 1,000 people from 24 countries and was based on the theme ‘Toward A Society Where Women Shine’.
Chairperson of the International Monetary Fund’s Executive Board, Christine Lagarde; the wife of Japanese prime minister, Akie Abe and the wife of former British prime minister, Cherie Blair, were among the high-profile women in attendance.
During a high-level round table talk officiated by Shinzo Abe, issues discussed included the Japanese government’s commitment to continue strengthening international links and contributing financially toward promoting and protecting women’s rights, and more specifically promoting women’s active role in companies and organisations as well as global initiatives by women.
Datin Paduka Hjh Adina also discussed and shared her views on ‘future human security’ and women.
She called on women’s perspectives to be taken into account regularly in the planning and implementation of human safety programmes.
She also stressed the importance of education as a basic need in ensuring safety as education can help release them from poverty and empower them to be independent enough to pursue a sustainable livelihood.
The general assembly looked at the average involvement of women at the tertiary level and agreed for a 30 per cent quota to be allocated for women at a higher level of leadership.
Local organisations were also urged to provide facilities that are more women-friendly such as a family-friendly room, special parental leave, more flexible working hours and the provision of training to enhance women’s capabilities.
The assembly agreed upon several resolutions including exchanging ideas on everyday women’s issues, capacity building, balancing life with employment and empowering women in business.