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Updated: 07/15/2013 22:12 | By Channel NewsAsia

Change needed so that women do not have to choose between career & family: Shanmugam

Change needed so that women do not have to choose between career & family: Shanmugam


Change needed so that women do not have to choose between career & family: Shanmugam

SINGAPORE: Foreign Minister K Shanmugam said there needs to be a sea change in societal attitudes before more women can progress without having to make a choice between career and family.

In Singapore, women currently represent about seven per cent of listed boards and Mr Shanmugam said there is room for improvement.

He noted that in the US, women represent 15 per cent of listed boards and in France, the number stands at 20 per cent.

Mr Shanmugam also cited the example of Denmark, where men are assessed in part based on their role and responsibilities at home, and whether they have taken time off to be with their children.

He said: “The Danish perspective was this, made for a better person and better performance in the company. So in fact, they have turned it upside down to say that the more you have invested at home, the more likely you will succeed in the office for performance. So men then have to take that societal attitude. So that's the kind of sea change that I think ultimately would be needed to make sure that women can progress all the way and without having to make a basic choice - career or family.” - CNA/xq

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