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Family behind the success of women who rose to fame
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PETALING JAYA: Family support from parents, husbands and children was instrumental in allowing four women to carve out careers in diverse fields.

The four spoke of the obstacles in their journey to excellence during a webinar today to shed more light on gender inequality issues in Malaysia.

The four are infectious diseases expert Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Royal Malaysian Navy commander Norhasram Mohd Muharami, marine mammal scientist Louisa Ponnampalam and actress Jo Kukathas.

According to the United Nations Development Programme, the gender equality progress in the country has been slow.

Since 2018, Malaysia’s ranking in the Global Gender Gap Index by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has dropped 11 places, from 101 to 112 among 156 countries, with a stagnating score of 0.68 across four key dimensions – economic participation, educational attainment, health and politics.

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