Government to conduct national survey on women’s development

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – A national survey will be conducted to examine the state of women’s development in Brunei, with a focus on issues such as work-life balance and women’s well-being.

In a statement released on International Women’s Day, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports said the study results will be used to improve policies and programs relating to women.

“Brunei’s 2035 vision emphasizes equal opportunities for women in the workforce and the country’s development,” said YB Dato Paduka Seri Hj Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin.

The Special Committee on the Family, Women and Children has also developed a plan of action on women’s issues, which will be aligned with the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. (CEDAW), of which Brunei is a signatory.

The minister said that there are several ongoing efforts to improve the development of women, increase awareness of women’s rights through peer support programs and discussions; encourage women to be competitive in entrepreneurship and education.

“Their active involvement in entrepreneurship has always been encouraged and supported by government and the private sector through equal access to incentives and entrepreneurial support. “

In Brunei, women constitute 59 percent of the workforce and 53 percent of the civil service.

YB Dato Hj Aminuddin added that the well-being of women has always been emphasized by the government, to ensure that those who are vulnerable receive assistance and participate in empowerment programs.

This year he said Brunei celebrates International Women’s Day by honoring and recognizing the contributions of women to the country in the social, economic, cultural and political spheres.

The minister said several Bruneian women have been recognized for raising the country’s name on the international stage through their professional achievements, community and humanitarian work.

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8, with this year’s celebration under the theme “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, with the hashtag #balanceforbetter.

This theme is promoted widely across social media to focus the conversation on ways to increase gender equality, which includes involving men to support women’s equality, said YB Dato Hj Aminuddin.

“Let us celebrate and appreciate the sacrifices and contributions of women in this country, for they are valuable assets that have helped achieve economic progress, ensure the well-being of their families and achieve social prosperity and the achievement of Brunei Vision 2035. ”

Mara R. Wilmoth