UUM ONLINE: Kuala Lumpur, 4 December - Women need to go forward to achieve their potential in career development and self-esteem.
Deputy Prime Minister, Dato' Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Dr. Wan Ismail said with the three components namely Purpose, Positivity, and Resilience, women are able to be at the helm of organisations.
According to her, with the interplay of these three components they are also able to change the challenges faced today into triumphs.
She further reiterated that the government is committed to ensuring the participation of women as well as helping them to realise their fullest potential whilst incorporating them in the country's planning and development, as such Dato' Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Dr. Wan Ismail would like to see that fellow women in the country move forward.
"Currently, the government has five women ministers (17.86 percent) out of the total 28 ministers and four women deputy ministers (14.81 percent) out of the total 27 Deputy Ministers.
"The increase in the percentage of women in the field of politics can guarantee that more women's voices are represented at the highest level," she said at the launch of the Big Tulip Summit at the Istana Hotel yesterday.
She, who is also the Minister at the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, said the Big Tulip Summit - National Women Inspiring Women Program 2018 is the best platform for participants to channel their needs and experiences to enhance career development and identity.
In addition, she said that it also provides space for women to learn and exchange ideas and best practices.
She further added that the government also supports UUM's future initiatives in line with the government's policy to develop and strengthen the role of women in society.
The programme with its apt theme, 'The Power of Purpose, Positivity and Resilience' was organized by the Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).
Meanwhile, UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Ahmad Bashawir Abdul Ghani said the word 'BIG' on the Big Tulip is an acronym for women in Business, Industry and Government, while Tulip signifies endurance, loyalty and love.
According to him, the Big Tulip Summit focuses on making participants able to recognize their strengths, build networks from various industries and sectors and develop skills and confidence to achieve success in their lives and career.
"Through Big Tulip, participants have the opportunity to learn about career and life guidance, branding, image and self-care so they can move forward in life and career," he said.
The Big Tulip Summit aims to enhance diversity and inclusion in the workplace, close the gender gap and provide learning and networking platforms for women.
The two-day programme incorporated authoritative and inspiring women leaders as well as successful women who brought changes. These women shared their leadership experience, personal and professional stories as sources of inspiration in hopes that fellow participants will achieve their fullest potential.
Also present at the event were the Croatian Ambassador to Malaysia, Kreso Glavac and Netherlands Ambassador to Malaysia, Karin Mössenlechner.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir