Towards gender equality in Malaysia


Esther Sinirisan Chong

The government should consider withdrawing all reservations on Cedaw and amend the relevant laws to indicate its political will to eliminate discrimination against all women in Malaysia and uphold the objective of the convention, the writer says. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, November 29, 2021.

LAST month, Malaysia was elected to the UN Human Right Council (UNHRC) for the term 2022-2024. It is good news for Malaysia as UNHRC is responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights.  

As a woman, gender equality is a human rights issue that concerns me the most. For instance, the recent court ruling in favour of citizenship to overseas-born children of Malaysian women, is a good effort to close the gender equality gap in our country. 


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