In Malaysia, equal gender representation should begin in political parties

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January 18, 2022

In Malaysia, equal gender representation should begin in political parties

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The introduction of gender quotas by voluntary political parties (VPPQ) for the selection of election candidates is a good start to boost women’s participation in national politics. - NSTP file pic / The New Straits Times

By Mohamad Ika Danial Abdullah

We have eight years to go before 2030, a year in which we have stood in solidarity with other countries to realise the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). One of the SDG agendas is gender equality, where women and men shall be given equal opportunities in the political, economic and other fields.

However, we are still far behind compared with other developing countries in giving recognition to women as representatives in politics. The 14th General Election (GE14) saw the best achievement of women in the national political arena, when one was appointed as deputy prime minister for the first time in the country's history.

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Mohamad Ika Danial Abdullah
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New Straits Times
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2022
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