PETALING JAYA: Women’s rights groups are all for legislation against gender discrimination, especially as Malaysia is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw).
Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group president Winnie Yee said a Malaysian law is needed so that the provisions under Cedaw could be made available to citizens as a domestic law.
Yee said the proposed Gender Equality Act is one way for the nation to fulfil its obligations as a Cedaw signatory.
“Once we sign (Cedaw), it means that we agree to gender equality and justice, and there should not be any reluctance by lawmakers to pass it,” she said.
She added that the Act would enable women to be on a level playing field with men. Read more