Malaysia

WLP Malaysia Brings together Union Leaders and Women Activists

August 13, 2006

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The majority of the labor unionists were new to the participatory leadership approach and to gender analysis. Many male participants found that the workshop challenged their views on gender relations, leading them to question their behavior towards female colleagues and family members. One unionist reported, "I was blind to women's problems in our country. But I'm willing to reopen my eyes, reassess the situation, and play my part to achieve gender equality." A few men decided to organize discussions within their unions on the role of gender relations in society.

Leadership Workshops in India and Malaysia Lead to Cooperative Efforts to Empower Women

March 5, 2006

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"Although for me a leader meant only a political leader, I have learned that we can also be leaders in our lives," expressed one participant. Another said, "I was inspired to come forward to help the women of our village, as well as other people, so that we can work together as one."

WLP Partners Organize Women’s Day Activities and Leadership Workshops in India and Malaysia

March 2, 2006

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On March 8, women across the world celebrated International Women’s Day through a variety of celebratory festivals, peaceful ceremonies, and political rallies to honor the long struggle for equality and freedom. WLP partners in India and Malaysia held special events to raise awareness of the rights of women and indigenous peoples in their communities.

Launch of Translation Series: New Advocacy Tool for the Reform of Family Law in Muslim-Majority Societies

March 2, 2006

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Family law in Muslim-majority societies governs every aspect of a woman’s life – from minimum age and conditions of marriage, to divorce, child custody, and the right to work, travel, or decide on a place of residence. The reform of family law is therefore crucial to women’s ability to participate on equal terms in both family life and public life. In each thematic module, the Guide presents the current state of the law, then proposes religious, human rights, sociological, and domestic legal arguments for reform, well-supported by relevant data.

Malaysia's Domestic Violence Act 521 (1994)

January 23, 2006

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"Domestic violence" means the commission of any of the following acts: (1) wilfully or knowingly placing, or attempting to place, the victim in fear of physical injury; (2) causing physical injury to the victim by such act, which is known or ought to have been known would result in physical injury; (3) compelling the victim by force or threat to engage in any conduct or act, sexual or otherwise, from which the victim has a right to abstain; (4) confining or detaining the victim against the victim's will; or (5) causing mischief or destruction or damage to property with intent to cause or knowing that it is likely to cause distress or annoyance to the victim.

Violence Against Women: A Human Security Perspective

November 21, 2005

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This special session at the Middle East Studies Association 2005 Annual Meeting, provided a forum for scholar/activists from Muslim-majority societies to address major challenges to eliminating violence against women and girls from a human security perspective and to discuss grassroots, national, and regional measures needed to raise awareness, initiate reform legislation, and create synergy for ongoing efforts to prevent violence and to promote human rights of women.

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