Held on 5th April 2018, Ipsos Public Affairs hosted a press conference, presenting the findings from a recent study on women empowerment, gender equality in the workforce, and Malaysians' perspective on the role of women in positions of influence and leadership.
The morning event started with a presentation by Arun Menon, Director, Ipsos Public Affairs: Findings from the recent global Ipsos study on Women Empowerment "Pressing for Progress". View study findings and the press release here (available in English, Bahasa Melayu and Mandarin)
The session also included a panel discussion with the following invited experts and leaders in their fields. The event was then concluded with closing notes by Jane Lattimore, Director, Ipsos in Malaysia.
NOTABLE GUEST SPEAKERS
YAM Mulia Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah Binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor
Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shas was recently selected as Ikon Wanita Malaysia to promote women empowerment withtin the education and economic sector in 2018. She comes with over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, crisis management, branding and marketing. She currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Kim Tech Cheong Holdings Berhad. Other notable appointments include President of Alliance Francaise, Royal Patron on Make-A-Wish Malaysia, and Royal Patron of the Selangor Symphony Orchestra.
Anne Abraham, CEO & Founder of LeadWomen
Anne is the co-founder for the Malaysian Chapter of the 30% Club, made up of a group of business leaders who are focused on achieving gender-balanced leadership across corporations. The Club is a business-led campaign and with the support of the global movement, their goal is to see that 30% of boards and senior decision making positions in all public companies are held by women. The 30% Club is a group of chairmen and business leaders who are committed to bringing more women onto the Malaysian Corporate Boards.
Meera Samanther, Vice President of Women's Aid Organisation
Meera has dedicated 20 years of her life to helping women in need. Her journey began as a volunteer in the Women's Aid Organisation (WAO) helping abused women with filing of police reports and seeking medical attention and counselling. She now serves as the vice-president of WAO, holding that position for 11 years today. Meera also currently serves as the President of the Association of Women Lawyers. She is a notable advocate for women, having influenced the change of multiple laws and policies in Malaysia related to women.