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The Star
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
Youth group to hold women-only mock parliament to promote female participation in politics
PETALING JAYA: A Young Women’s Parliament will be held next month, with 222 young delegates debating policies on women’s issues, gender equality, social issues and more in a bid to encourage more female participation in politics and policymaking....
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Women in Malaysian politics: Are politicians missing a point?
Making up an estimated half of Malaysia’s electoral roll, women remain to this day, crucial determinersof who comes to power and stays in power. It is then curious as to why women’s issues and legislations that impact women persist as an uphill...
Thursday, October 08, 2020
Why Malaysia needs more young leaders in Parliament
In his paper “Does it matter that politicians are older than their constituents? Yes.”, Harvard postdoctoral fellow Charles T McClean posits: “Young people are under-represented in most political institutions. Over half of the world’s voters are...
Monday, July 06, 2020
Women’s council sees widening gender gap in economy, politics due to Covid-19
The umbrella body for women’s organisations in the country predicts that the gender gap, particularly in the areas of economic participation and political empowerment, will widen due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking at a United Nations virtual...
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Women’s political representation: Progressing in Malaysia?
While female political representation has increased under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration, progress remains slow and women are still impeded from advancing towards roles of leadership. The political earthquake in Malaysia that brought...
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Field more female candidates in state election, Zuraida tells Sarawak Pakatan, GPS
PKR Women chief Zuraida Kamaruddin today urged state Pakatan Harapan (PH) and rivals Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to field more women candidates in the coming state election. She also noted that the ruling coalition GPS has not been fielding many...
Monday, February 18, 2019
Women stamping their mark in New Malaysia's politics
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Women's participation in politics has long been recognised as an important measure of the status of women and in Malaysia, the women have indeed stamped their mark in the Cabinet, the Dewan Rakyat and the Dewan Negara. The...
Monday, November 26, 2018
Malaysia: Not mandatory to have 30 per cent women representation in politics, says Hannah Yeoh
KUALA LUMPUR: The government has no intention to make it mandatory for there to be 30 per cent female involvement in government and politics, said the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry. Its deputy minister Hannah Yeoh said that the...
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Zuraida Kamaruddin
This interview was conducted in September 2017 on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. At the time, Zuraida Kamaruddin was a Member of Parliament for Ampang, Malaysia. In May 2018, she was appointed as Minister of Housing...
Friday, July 06, 2018
Meet the female ministers in Malaysia’s new cabinet
Women’s rights groups in Malaysia have called on Pakatan Harapan to fulfil its promise of minimum 30% representation at the highest policy-making body in Malaysia. PM Tun Mahathir’s cabinet, however, only has nine women: five full ministers (see...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Malaysia's new deputy PM Wan Azizah Wan Ismail aims to be a role model for women
Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's childhood ambition was to become a doctor and cure disease. Now that she is Malaysia's most powerful female politician, she says her mission is to improve women's rights. The 65-year-old made history this month when she...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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. ...
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...

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