SEPANG: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Women's Wing deputy chief Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim hopes that more women candidates of Barisan Nasional (BN) will contest in the 14th General Election (GE14).
Rohani said she was confident that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is also BN chairman, was aware of that since women got special mention in BN manifesto for GE14.
"We hope 30 per cent ( BN female candidates) will contest but it is all up to the top leadership. I believe that the prime minister knows this and has informed every component party leaders that this time, BN wants to see more women candidates contesting.
"The number of representatives is already there, but who will win is decided by the voters. The Women Development Department will also form a special secretariat to analyse the number of women candidates who contest and win to prepare for future plans and agenda to empower women," she said at a press conference here.
In GE13, BN fielded 22 women candidates for parliamentary seats and 49 for state assembly seats.
Rohani, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, urged women to prepare themselves to compete in the national political arena although it may be tough.
She said BN will continue the women empowerment agenda in many aspects if the party was given the mandate, in line with the pledge in BN manifesto.
Rohani said she also believed that women do not want to be left behind in national development, judging from the positive response shown by them towards BN's pledge to focus on women empowerment.
By placing women and mothers in the highest level in the BN's GE14 manifesto, Rohani said a Women Economy Council will also be set up which will be chaired by Najib to focus on women's economy direction and development agenda.
She said 25 initiatives for women and mothers in BN manifesto will be implemented once BN was given the mandate to rule the country.
"We will continue and improve the women empowerment agenda for the next five years. What I can say is that, BN has already done it and will further improve it, compared to the opposition which has only started the agenda to empower women," she said.