Women must master digital technology to remain relevant: Shahrizat

IPOH: It is important for women to master digital technology to ensure they remain relevant and continue to contribute to the country's development especially in the economic sector, said advisor on Women Entrepreneurs and Professional Development, Prime Minister's Department, Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

She said women should have the courage to venture into the digital sector in line with industrial revolution 4.0 and today's technological advancement.

"Women need to face changes in the working environment in tandem with changes in digital ecosystems. Nowadays, we see women involved in online businesses and more women are in the skills area.

"A woman's instinct can take her to a higher level where the digital era is for women and if they are given the opportunity to dominate this era they will certainly do well," she told reporters after a dialogue session on empowering women in the economic field in conjunction with Pangkor International Development Dialogue (PIDD) here, today.

The two-day PIDD 2017 themed "Driving the Future: Innovative Path Towards Sustainable Development" which begins today is organised by the Darul Ridzuan Institute (IDR).

In the dialogue session, Shahrizat said women should prepare to equip themselves to be financially independent.

"Women play the role of daughter, wife, mother and so forth and they need to be financially strong, so we (the government) have studied their needs and the opportunities to offer to them," she said adding that without women too, the country will not progress.

On the Pangkor Dialogue which is into its fourth year, Shahrizat said the programme could create a positive impact as IDR had invited a host of luminaries as speakers, including female astronaut from the United States, Dr Catherine Cady Coleman. — Bernama