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Malaysian Women Should Unite To Represent Common Interest | 08/11/2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 2010 (Bernama) -- Malaysian professional and business women should unite and strengthen their voice through associations to better represent their common interest, share information and provide mentoring and coaching to other budding women talents.

The Prime Minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said: "I believe only through this can women be able to receive mutual support, widen their networking and undertake advocacy with the government, with society and within the business community."

Women also must strive harder to form stronger, broader, and a robust support networks like the gentlemen's club or men's business club where most of the men do their networking, mentoring and socialising, in efforts to elevate the women's collective standing, she said.

Rosmah said this in her keynote address when opening a two-day "Asian Woman of Influence Summit 2010" organised by Asian World Summit (AWS) with the theme "Behind Every Successful Woman is the Woman Herself".

However, she said, the networking must be substantive and not just merely social in nature and the women must create smart alliances and partnerships, not just from within their organisations and limited to their local communities, but must also transcend regionally and globally, whilst continuing to support each other in issues that could pose as hindrances for success.

Rosmah said the strong networking can be attained through building more authentic relationship, " not just upward, but sideways and downwards as well, and the women also must be able to make visible their talents and not shy to display their skills that can add to success.

"It is not about being egotistical, but rather being genuine and unafraid to share their talents with others and their organisations. In addition, they must also continue to have widely connected advisors and champions," she said.

Rosmah since there are now many corporations headed by women, "these are the people with whom they (the women) must connect and foster relationships for mutual benefits of all women, socially and professionally."

She also advised women not to make "the perennial mistake of comparing their success to that of men.

"The notion that a woman is successful only if she is able to replicate the success of a man is not only flawed but often forms a stumbling block for their progress.

"It is important to understand that a woman is different not only from the basic building blocks at the generic level, she differs at the emotional and interpersonal level, as well," she said.

Rosmah said therefore the need to compare a man and a woman is unnecessary as neither is a superior gender.

"Both genders are equipped with characteristics and skills that are varied but eventually this difference actually allows both genders to complement one another," she said.

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