World Bank report: Get women back into the workforce will boost per capita income by 26%

Published on 27 Sep 2019 6:36:28 PM

Removing all economic barriers for women in Malaysia could increase the country's per capita income by 26.2%, a World Bank report has found.

The report titled “Breaking Barriers: Toward Better Opportunities for Women in Malaysia” found that female labour participation rate is still low with women comprising only 39% of the workforce.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who officiated at the launch of the report, said the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is looking into the issues that are preventing women from participating in the workforce.