Councils which do not have 30 pct women councillors could have allocations reviewed

KUALA LUMPUR: The Housing and Local Government Ministry will review the allocations for local councils which fail to have 30 per cent female representation among its councillors.

Housing and Local Government Minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin, said this will be a new condition in the Local Councils Grading System, which is being fine-tuned and will be implemented in the next two years.

“This is still at the discussion stage to ensure that all local councils have a 30 per cent female composition from its 24 councillors. Once this is implemented, if the councils fail to meet the requirement, the ministry will review their allocations.

“I will further fine tune the conditions for all the local councils,” she told reporters after attending a Women’s Day 2018 event at the Dewan Perdana Felda here on Friday.

Zuraidah, who is also Ampang member of parliament, said the requirement applies to all local councils nationwide, including those under opposition rule.

She said that for now, women in local councils nationwide only make up an average of 14 per cent.

The one-day event, attended by around 300 members of non-governmental organisations, was organised by the National Council of Women’s Organisations (NCWO). It bore the theme ‘Inspiring Hope, Driving Vision’, which aims to inspire and form women’s minds to face Industrial Revolution 4.0. – BERNAMA

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