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Dialog: Religion and Women – Oppression or Liberation?

July 16, 2017 @ 11:00 - 13:00


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Feminism and religion has remained a highly contested topic in Malaysian society today. For some, discussions of women’s place in a patriarchal world may have no place in the eyes or scripture. While for others, scripture and history has always offered arguments for women’s rights in religious discourse.

In this installation of Imagined Malaysia’s dialog series, feminist scholar Dr Sharon Bong and artist/filmaker Norhayati Kaprawi come together to exchange on the dynamic role of religion in Malaysian and Southeast Asian feminist movements. Dr Sharon Bong will be presenting from the Christian perspective of feminism in the region while Norhayati Kaprawi will share her views based on her research on female religious scholars in Nusantara, as well as her experiences participating in Islamic discourses. This session will be moderated by dedicated activist and feminist, Maryam Lee.

Details of the event as below:
Date: 16th July 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Projek Dialog, D5-8-2, Pusat Perdagangan Dana 1, Jalan PJU 1A/46, Ara Damansara.

About the speakers:
Dr Sharon A Bong is Associate Professor in Gender Studies at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia. She is author of The Tension Between Women’s Rights and Religions: The Case of Malaysia (2006) and former Coordinator of the Ecclesia of Women in Asia, an academic forum of Catholic women theologizing in Asia. She is also a member of the Asian Regional Committee of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church.

Norhayati Kaprawi is a documentary filmmaker and women’s rights activist. She has worked at Sisters In Islam as a programme manager. Her documentaries that have sparked heated debates and used as teaching materials include: Mencari Kartika, a story about a Malaysian Muslim woman who was sentenced to whipping for drinking alcohol; Aku Siapa, which examines Malaysian Muslim women’s relationship with the hijab; and Ulama Perempuan, which documents the major roles female ulama play in Indonesian society.

About the moderator:
Maryam Lee is the programme curator of Projek Dialog, an NGO dedicated to intercultural and interreligious dialogue. She is also a writer and researcher with interests in feminism and social issues. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Development Studies at Universiti Malaya.


July 16, 2017
11:00 - 13:00
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Projek Dialog
Imagined Malaysia


Projek Dialog
D5-8-2 Pusat Perdagangan Dana, 1 Jln PJU 1A/46
Petaling Jaya, Selangor 47301 Malaysia
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