Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (right) receives the report from World Bank Country director for Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand Dr Mara Warwick in Putrajaya. -NSTP/Luqman Hakim Zubir

PUTRAJAYA: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry has completed its Gender Mainstreaming Framework to be recommended for adoption by all ministries and government agencies.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the Gender Action Plan under the said framework would recommend how gender perspectives and gender targets were to be integrated into all planning and budgeting. This will be done by emphasising on sex-disaggregated data, which will play a key role in this matter.

"The framework has to be completed in March and it is currently being reviewed by the ministry before it is recommended for adoption to all ministries," said Dr Wan Azizah, who is the Women, Family and Community Development Minister, after the launch of the World Bank Group's report on “Breaking Barriers-Toward Better Economic Opportunities for Women in Malaysia”.

Also present was World Bank Country director for Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand Dr Mara Warwick.

Asked when the ministry would table the recommendation before all ministries, the deputy prime minister replied: "As soon as it possibly can."

To a question, Dr Wan Azizah said since Budget 2020 would be tabled next month, and it would be quite late for it to reflect significantly on gender mainstreaming in next year's expenditure.

She also highlighted on the importance of partnerships in Malaysia's efforts to eliminate or “break the barriers” toward better economic opportunities for women.

"There are separate roles for the state, the market and the family in meeting this challenge.

"Without consensus and partnerships between businesses, employers and individuals, men, and fathers, we will struggle to achieve this goal," she said.

Without partnerships, Dr Wan Azizah warned women would continue to face the “double burden” or be hindered from achieving their full potential in economy and society.

The deputy prime minister also lauded the World Bank report, which she described as "timely and insightful" since the government worked to tackle these complex issues.

"Their policy recommendations are in line with the government’s efforts to eliminate barriers for women to participate in the economy."

She cited an initiative launched yesterday to assist and encourage the growth of private childcare centres by offering subsidised electricity bill rates for registered operators.

Other measures that the government had rolled out include initiating Malaysia's social protection system (MySPC) in order to optimise public resources for those in most need of assistance.

"This will include studying how best to expand social protection to informal workers, particularly women in the informal sector.

"It is in addition to the government’s implementation of the i-SURI programme, which aims to provide a form of safety net for housewives, to protect them in their old age and to give value to unpaid care work in their home."

Dr Wan Azizah said the National Population Board (LPPKN) and the ministry were working hand-in-hand with the Health Ministry and other government agencies to address issues related to Malaysia's ageing population.

“My ministry has initiated a study to come up with a long-term care model that will positively impact the elderly, the family and care providers."

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