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Thursday, July 06, 2017
Advocacy Handbook on Gender and Electoral Reform in Malaysia
The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap will not close entirely until 2186. At 106 out of 144 countries, Malaysia’s 2016 Global Gender Gap Index indicates that the biggest inequalities exist in terms of women’s political empowerment. In continuity of National Conference on Gender ...
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Proceedings Report of the “Gender and Electoral Reform: Making A Difference” Conference in Malaysia
The National Conference on “Gender and Electoral Reform: Making A Difference” in Malaysia was envisioned to look at current debates and obstacles as well as innovative strategies and alternative models in women’s representation in the Malaysian electoral process. This Conference introduced a panel...
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Increasing women’s representation in Malaysian politics
A women-only-additional-seats system is the most feasible, fastest and least contentious way of accelerating women’s participation in formal politics, says Dr Maznah Mohamad, an academic and a member of the steering committee on gender and electoral reform convened by the Penang Women’s Development...
Empower Malaysia
Friday, September 05, 2014
Women stay out. Politics is a boys club
Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is gravely concerned with the quality of the debate going on regarding a woman candidate for the Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) post. Impossibly high moral standards are placed on Wan Azizah. We have heard from many quarters criticisms such as: she is...
Monday, August 25, 2014
Patriarchal Barriers to Women’s Political Participation in South-East Asia
Lessons from the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Timor-Leste on Patriarchy and the Rise of Women’s Participation in State Politics: The results of research carried out by the Partnership and its regional partners on Women’s Political Representation in the Philippines, Cambodia,...
Azizah Ibrahim
Friday, August 22, 2014
It's about time we transformed male-centric and sexist thinking within politics (Malaysia)
The recent upheaval in Selangor over the post of Menteri Besar (MB) has suddenly led the country to a situation where we might soon be witnessing a major breakthrough for women in politics. Over the years we have seen women slowly occupy positions in the political arena. Data from the Ministry for...
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Women, Ethnicity, Religion and Politics-Exploring perspectives
As a country blessed with a rich diversity of peoples, Malaysia is multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious. However, today, we see the use of ethnicity and religion to justify violence, discrimination and the violation of human rights.  This has caused deep divisions and tensions in...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Kicking sexism out of politics, Malaysia
The moment there was an inkling that Dyana Sofya would be DAP’s candidate for the Teluk Intan Parliamentary seat, a picture purportedly of her (it wasn’t) in a bikini was circulated on the internet. She has since been subjected to wolf whistles by her own supposed supporters, and called cheap candy...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Teluk Intan Malays denounce bikini smear campaign against Dyana
The dissemination of posters featuring DAP’s Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud alongside a bikini-clad actress with whom she shares a striking facial resemblance has drawn outrage from several Malay residents in this usually placid town. The photograph of Filipina actress Pauleen Luna, which was passed off as...
Monday, December 30, 2013
Women in South Asia: Looking back at 2013, and ahead to 2014
Swarna Rajagopalan takes a look at the events that shaped women's rights and gender issues in South Asia in the last year, and what changes and developments we might see in the new year. 2013 witnessed a new awareness about sexual and gender-based violence against women in South Asia, triggered...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Second International Conference on Elections & Democracy 2013
Elections are key components of any democratic system. It is a medium that allows citizens to choose individuals and parties to represent their interests at state and/or national level and to formulate and uphold laws that not only conform to internationally recognized standards but that act as a...
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Malaysia praised on women
Malaysia came in for particular praise at the ongoing 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference here for instituting changes that allowed the participation of more women in the political process, at least within the Commonwealth grouping. Commonwealth Sec-Gen Dr William Shija said it was...
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
As Malaysia turns 50, Nurul Izzah fights for inclusive politics
Future Prime Minister of Malaysia. Mother. Wife. Friend. Daughter of the mercurial and charismatic Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Nurul Izzah is all these and more. How she has grown up.  When she started out in politics, and started speaking publicly, she came off as shy. We invite you to read the full...
Friday, August 16, 2013
SPDP Women wing lauds Mawan’s call for more women representation, Malaysia
Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) Women wing welcomes Social Development Minister Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom’s suggestion that there should generally be 40 per cent women involvement in the positions of power. SPDP Women deputy chief Teresa Udam said they supported the call by Mawan, who...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Initiative in Malaysia to set a 30 percent quota for women in local government
The All Women Action Society (Awam) welcomes the state of Selangor's initiative to make it compulsory to have 30 percent of members of the local council be women, from the Jan 1, 2014. This is a necessary step to even out an uneven playing field as women's representation in politics has...
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
New Chairperson of the Malaysian Women's Parliamentary Caucus appointed
Pengerang Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said has been selected as the Chairperson of the Malaysian Women's Parliamentary Caucus. Azalina said as the chairperson of a women's caucus, she would definitely ensure that women-related issues would continue to be raised in the Dewan...
Monday, July 08, 2013
Woman lawyer is the next State AG, Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu: A senior woman lawyer is set to become the new State Attorney-General, succeeding Datuk Roderic Fernandez who retired at the end of last month. We invite you to read the full article published July 8 2013 by The Daily Express
Friday, May 31, 2013
Gang-rape call, flyers, among latest cheap attacks on Ambiga by illiterate illicit sex mentality bastards, Malaysia
After Perkasa's threat to attack the Chinese and the prime minister's lambasting of Bersih chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan as someone who "threatened Islam", pro-UMNO supporters opposed to the July 9 rally have stepped up their campaign, this time with yet another vile tirade against Ambiga. In two...