Date: 23rd – 25th February 2016
Venue: MaGIC – Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre
Kuala Lumpur, 23rd – 25th February 2016 – eHomemakers, with the support of the ASEAN Foundation and the Japan-ASEAN Solidarity Fund (JASF), is supporting and advocating for work-life balance (WLB) in ASEAN through the grassroots initiative “1 Million ASEAN Voices for Work-Life Balance” under the ASEAN Work-Life Balance Project. The campaign, launched in June this year, aims to mobilize ASEAN citizens and collect supportive voices, through online and offline platforms, to strengthen our call for action for governments to formulate Work-Life Balance inclusive policymaking for all segments of society.
Work-Life Balance is about creating and maintaining a healthy work environment that enables one to have balance between revenue generation and lifestyle. At the 3 days regional conference, participants from the private and public sectors, governments, academia as well as civil society organizations (CSOs) addressed issues such as public transportation, mobile and Internet access, environmental protection, cultural preservation, rural-urban migration and contextualized these themes in accordance to their impact on Work-Life Balance.
The Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM), as one of the institutional partners, emphasized the importance of creating family friendly employment, closing the gender and ICT divide gap, and striving for balance in work and life. The highlight of the sessions was the importance of ICTs to transform women’s and marginalized groups’ lives by providing them with better access to education, information, support networks, employment opportunities, avenues for political participation, and devices that can improve personal safety.