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Celebrating Progress for Women

Malaysia Day commemorates the formation of the Malaysian Federation on September 16, 1963. It is celebrated to foster national unity and remember the day Malaysia came to be as one country. 60 years since, Malaysian women have made great strides in many aspects of life, including the workforce. The World Bank’s Gender Data Portal shows that…

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Why do we need more women in Parliament?

In the 2023 state elections in Malaysia, 71 women stood as candidates out of 570 candidates in total. Coming from a variety of political parties, these candidates were contesting across the 6 states of Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Kelantan, Terengganu, and Kedah. Women candidates only comprised of 12.5%, which remains a far cry from the elusive critical mass of…

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Gender Mainstreaming

Gender mainstreaming is a strategy for promoting gender equality by incorporating a gendered perspective into all aspects of policy, planning, and implementation. In other words, gender equality is not regarded as a separate issue, but an integral part of every decision-making. Mainstreaming gender does not mean simply adding a “women’s or gender equality component” to an…

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