More women are holding senior and managerial posts, one of the testimonies that the Government is not gender-biased, Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said.
He said the percentage of women assuming these posts increased from 4.8 per cent to 5.6 per cent in the last five years.
The percentage of women in the services sector also saw an increase from 13 per cent to about 18 per cent during the period, while the percentage of women working as machine operators and assemblers saw a decline from 15.9 per cent to 11.6 per cent.
"Today, women who make up half of the country's population, accounts for 37 per cent of the nation's total workforce.
"As such, they are considered as an important economic source that can contribute to development of the country," he said when launching a seminar on financing for women entrepreneurs in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Nor Mohamed said the country also saw many women professionals and entrepreneurs who have led their companies to success in the trade and industry sector.
"Those who become businesswomen, accountants, lawyers, engineers and technicians as well as doctors are also on the rise," he said.
He said if there are any vacancies for top positions in government agencies or statutory bodies, the posts will be filled by qualified candidates irrespective of their gender.
In providing funds to help entrepreneurs, assistance will also be given on an equal basis.
Under the Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Bhd loan schemes for entrepreneurs, for example, some 340 women entrepreneurs, who account for 38 per cent of total loan borrowers, have benefited.