NGOs: Putrajaya left UN women’s rights committee with more questions than answers

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Activists and NGO reps watch Malaysia’s presentation in Geneva on its achievements as a signatory to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, in Petaling Jaya February 20, 2018. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali

PETALING JAYA, Feb 22 — The lack of political will is to blame for the country’s 12-year lag in women’s rights progress, said a coalition of 37 civil societies after what it deemed a dismal showing by Putrajaya in a review in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday.

The coalition had congratulated the government for facing the United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw) committee, but were disappointed over the delegation’s vague answers on many key human rights issues.

“Malaysia’s twelve-year delay in submitting its report to the Cedaw Committee reflects a lack of political will, which remains the great stumbling block in advancing gender equality in the country,” it said in a statement.

“The coalition regrets that the review session left the committee with more questions than answers … We strongly believe that this is evidence of the lack of political will when it comes to making meaningful steps towards gender equality in Malaysia,” it added. Read more