In March this year, Grant Thornton released the results of their survey of 5,520 chief executive officers, managing directors, chairmen or other senior executives from all industry sectors that was conducted between July and December 2015.
It was found that 31 per cent of companies in Malaysia do not have women in senior management roles,and that women make up only 26 per cent of all senior management positions despite the calls from Putrajaya to have women making up 30 per cent of the boards of all public companies.
This is a vast difference to tertiary education, where women constitute nearly 66 per cent of university enrolment in Malaysia, according to the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (Arrow).
While there are many reasons to believe that a woman just simply needs to be more assertive and hardworking to be taken seriously as a leader, here are a few other ways that we should consider in bridging the gender gap in the workplace and beyond.
This personal opinion piece was written by yours truly and published in Free Malaysia Today!