Women Leadership in Brunei Darussalam: Challenges and enabling factors

Hafizah Binti Haji Abd Rahim (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam) *

Southeast Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal

ISSN: 1819-5091

Article publication date: 15 June 2021

Issue publication date: 15 June 2021

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This article examines the experiences of women leaders and their challenges in Brunei Darussalam. Globally, women are underrepresented in leadership positions. Though the Brunei government does not discriminate against any gender in delivering free education, medical facilities and healthcare, women in leadership positions are as well underrepresented. I try to understand the factors that challenge as well as motivate women to become leaders in Brunei. For this research, I conducted qualitative interviews with some respondents selected purposively. The study results show that women leaders in Brunei face challenges in obtaining financial support and accessing resources. Despite the challenges, there are some women who have been assuming and excelling in their leadership roles. The study identified that personal strengths have also been critical in contributing to their successful leadership.



Rahim, H.B.H.A. (2021), "Women Leadership in Brunei Darussalam: Challenges and enabling factors", Southeast Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 30-44. https://doi.org/10.1108/SEAMJ-01-2021-B1003



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