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This report is based on discussions from the workshop ‘Strengthening Women’s Political Participation and Influence’ and other workshops of the seventh Asia Europe People’s Forum (aepf-7) held in Beijing from 13–15 October 2008.The major...
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,...
The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will hold the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This event will bring together 100-150 activists- women lawyers, academics,...
In a self-penned farewell letter, Elizabeth Wong describes the darkest episode in her life, and how she has never felt 'so alone, vulnerable and humiliated' We invite our users to read the full text here

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The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will hold the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The APFF will bring together women activists, lawyers, academics, advocates and...

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Promote and support actions that advance justice and democracy, based on feminist and human rights principles, to enable women and youth to realise their own potential.

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This book analyzes the manifestations of fundamentalisms in the Asia-Pacific region and their impact on women as well as on democracy and politics in general. It includes strategies adopted by women’s groups and progressive women’s movements to...

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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...
In February and March 2001 the CPA, with the assistance of the CPA Malaysia Branch and the approval of the CPA Executive Committee, arranged a Study Group in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Gender-Sensitizing Commonwealth Parliaments. The aims of the...

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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...
Interview with Wong Shu Qi, DAP Executive Secretary for Political Education, on how she went from being a journalist to an aspiring politician. Published Arpil 5 2013 by Malaysiakini (We invite our users to watch the video here)
Azizah Ibrahim
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...

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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...

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A group of mothers want parties in the general election to give due regard to issues affecting women and families. Rallying as "Mama Bersih", the group presented their own manifesto on eight demands they want the political parties to adhere to. "We...
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....
Malaysian lawmakers on Tuesday approved a ban on sexist remarks in parliament after a number of cases in which male MPs in the mostly Muslim country have drawn anger with their comments on the floor. The amendment to the rules of conduct in the...
Wanita Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak are hoping that there would be more women candidates fielded in the upcoming 10th state election. Currently there are only four BN female representatives in the 71-member state legislative assembly. They are...
PARTI Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)'s 30% quota for women in leadership positions is the first of its kind in any Malaysian political party. But in the grand scheme of things, it's also 14 years late.Malaysia signed the Beijing Declaration and the...
In conjunction with the 100 years of International Women's Day, Empower with the support of the US Embassy organised an event themed "Get Equality Right for Malaysian Women" at the MACEE headquarters in Bangunana Yayasan Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur...
The Malaysian government's introduction of various policies and programmes for women reflects on the recognition of their contributions to the nation's development. Girl Guides Association of Malaysia Chief Commissioner Datin Seri Zalihah Mohd Taib...
At the gathering in a hotel on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital, there was talk of canvassing “highly persuadable” voters, campaign budgets and media strategies. There was even a stirring speech by a “candidate.” The gathering had all the...
Delegates of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) have re-elected the chiefs of their Youth and Wanita (women) wings, setting the pace for the party’s plenary meeting and elections next month.MIC Youth coordinator T. Mohan won the top post by a...
Women drivers are “slow” at the wheel and “oblivious” on the roads, a Malaysian ruling party MP told parliament, prompting outrage among women’s groups on Tuesday. It is not the first time Bung has made controversial comments about women....
The Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth wing said it would welcome a woman candidate from the party’s Women’s wing in the 13th general election. Its chief Datuk Fadillah Yusof noted that during the last state election, PPB which formed the...
The lack of female participation in Malaysian politics has likely caused the years of neglect over issues of concern to women although the gender makes up half the country’s 13 million-strong electorate, analysts have said. According to statistics...
MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel has given an assurance that the party would also select women as candidates in the coming general election (GE). He hoped Wanita MIC members would dismiss unfounded rumours that the party would not field female...
Wanita Umno has intensified its efforts to win the hearts of 28,214 women voters in Bukit Gantang with the women's touch, especially by being courteous and understanding women's issues. Its chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the women in...

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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-...

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As the contest between MCA and DAP for the Kulai parliamentary seat heats up, members of the public have been receiving pamphlets depicting a woman MP deserting her constituents to nurse her baby. They are all printed in Mandarin and the target of...

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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...
Originally developed a decade ago by NDI's staff team in Russia, this manual traveled the globe numerous times with localized updates. NDI's team of political party experts in Malaysia edited the version you hold for that specific context. In 2004,...
This guide is the first of its kind to provide an overview of the current range of local representative arrangements and electoral systems in Asia and the Pacific. This easy-to-use guide will assist country offices/teams and government partners as...
Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia (Kemitraan) in partnership with the NDI for International Affairs along with regional partners; Indonesian Women's Coalition (KPI), Persatuan Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) from Malaysia, Women's Caucus...

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  Amidst growing uncertainties in a globalised world, fundamentalist convictions have been gaining ground in many religions. Reinforced by the threat from international terrorism, this renaissance of religious fundamentalisms has created...

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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...
This is a publication from the APWLD’s research project aimed at assisting women in Asia Pacific to challenge existing structures hindering women’s participation in political processes. The book presents case studies on six women leaders from Fiji,...
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...
Women should get more involved in politics so that the voices of the fairer sex can be heard clearly. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower) programme officer Wong Kar Fai said the decision-making process should benefit both genders without...

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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...
THE exhibition, 'The Good Malaysian Woman: Ethnicity, Religion, Politics', is being organised by the All Women's Action Society (AWAM) and Interpr8 Art Space. Featuring 22 artists and over 30 artworks in a variety of mediums, the exhibition raises...

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