Women have right to model, groups say after Shell standees removed

Source: MalayMailOnline

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 — Women have the right to promote products and to appear in advertisements, women’s rights groups said after Shell removed standees of a female employee that were “molested” by men.

The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (Arrow) highlighted Article 8(2) of the Federal Constitution that prohibits gender discrimination in relation to property and employment.

“All women also have the right to appear in advertisements and promotional materials in line with doing their job,” Arrow executive director Sivananthi Thevindran told Malay Mail Online yesterday when contacted.  Read more

Malaysia’s love for female leaders only goes so far — Lynda Lim

Source: Asia & the Pacific Policy Society

BY LYNDA LIM

Support for women’s leadership must extend beyond the public and corporate sectors  ~ Lynda Lim

If Malaysia is serious about promoting women’s empowerment, it needs to support female leaders in civil society, Lynda Lim writes.

The Malaysian Government says it is committed to promoting women in decision-making positions. A key element of this commitment is the government’s target of having women fill at least 30 per cent of decision-making roles in both the public and corporate sectorThis focus on maximising economic outcomes placing women in leadership positions is a fairly orthodox, and restrictive, way to view the goal of women’s empowerment and leadership.

review of policies put in place signalled that a “business case approach to women’s empowerment and gender equality has become the dominant discourse through which gender equality claims are justified”. Such perspectives present gender equality claims as only valid if they fit within the market logic.

Engaging in conversation about women’s leadership in the public and private sector is of critical importance. At the same time, we must question whether and how these conversations tend to revert towards a “business case” justification for gender equality in the public and corporate sector, with diminished support for women in civil society. Read more

Gender Equality and Related Issues – Talk by Justice Prabha Sridevan [Updated]

The Bar Council Human Rights Committee is organising a talk by Justice Prabha Sridevan entitled “Gender Equality and Related Issues”.

Date:             5 June 2017 (Monday)
Time:            4:00 pm to 5:30 pm (Registration begins at 3:30 pm)
Venue:          Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium, Straits Trading Building, Unit 2-02A, 2nd Floor, 2 Leboh Pasar Besar, 50050 Kuala Lumpur

Admission to the talk is free of charge

About the Speaker:

Justice Prabha Sridevan was a Judge of the Madras High Court from 2 Mar 2000 to 8 Aug 2010.  Justice Prabha Sridevan has vast experience in dealing with cases relating to freedom of speech; child rights; gender equality; disability rights, mental health; rights of the depressed classes and Dalits; right to education; right to information; and worth of a homemaker’s work.  Justice Prabha Sridevan was also awarded the “Justice Shivaraj V. Patil Award for Service to Humanity”. Read more

Removing top ‘normal procedure’, says airline

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malindo has two uniforms — a high-collared white blouse or a white kebaya top paired with a sarong. — AFP pic.

Malindo has two uniforms — a high-collared white blouse or a white kebaya top paired with a sarong. — AFP pic.

PETALING JAYA, April 5 — It is the right of the employer to request potential flight attendants to expose their chests to interviewers, said Malindo Air public relations and communications director Raja Sa’adi Raja Amrin.

The requirement to remove their tops, but with bras on, was to see if applicants had visible marks due to the material of Malindo’s uniform.

Raja Sa’adi said such checks were necessary as their uniforms were “partially see-throughs”.

“It is not an issue. We have the right to conduct such body checks on them. I think most airlines do the same,” he said.

“We need to see if they (applicants) have scars, pimples or tattoos that could be seen through the uniform. Our flight attendants wear a corset inside and if it is covered by the corset, it is okay.” Read more

Daring to make a stand

Source: The Star Online

The panellists at the Be Bold for Change forum (from left) Faridah, Joseph, Dr Teo and Aishah. Pic from the Star Online.

The panellists at the Be Bold for Change forum (from left) Faridah, Joseph, Dr Teo and Aishah. Pic from the Star Online.

AS A young boy, Jerald Joseph did not have to do the dishes, as it was a task left to the women and girls.

Feeling bad about this gender inequality, he would wash his own dishes whenever he could.

Today, a commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), Joseph said the biggest struggle for him was in trying to break the gender stereotypes at home.

Joseph shared his story during the “Be Bold for Change” forum held at Sime Darby Convention Centre in conjunction with Yayasan Sime Darby’s (YSD) first International Women’s Day celebration on March 23.

Joseph was the only man among the four panellists. The others were Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) president and Sime Darby Motors Division corporate affairs director Datuk Aishah Ahmad, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) co-founder and executive producer Datuk Faridah Merican, and Cancer Research Malaysia (CRM) chief executive officer Prof Dr Teo Soo-Hwang. Read more

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) Gender Equality Talks #4 — Sexual Harassment At Work

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is hosting a series of four gender equality talks in conjunction with the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

16 Days of Activism begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November, and culminates on Human Rights Day, 10 December. Throughout the campaign, communities across the world take action to end violence against women and girls.

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WAO Executive Director Sumitra Visvanathan will conduct the December 7th talk, entitled “Sexual Harassment at Work.”

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) Gender Equality Talks #3 — Respect My Bump: Pregnancy Discrimination

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is hosting a series of four gender equality talks in conjunction with the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

Did you know that 40% of pregnant women have been discriminated at work?

Learn how we can create inclusive workplaces for women. Noorfadilla Ahmad Saikin will also share her experience advocating for pregnant women’s rights.

Free & open to public.

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Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) Gender Equality Talks #2 — Know Your Rights: Seeking Justice for Domestic Violence

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is hosting a series of four gender equality talks in conjunction with the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

16 Days of Activism begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November, and culminates on Human Rights Day, 10 December. Throughout the campaign, communities across the world take action to end violence against women and girls.

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The November 23rd talk, “Know Your Rights: Seeking Justice for Domestic Violence” will be conducted by WAO Advocacy Manager Yu Ren Chung and ASP Ellyia Ullfah from the Sexual Crimes and Crimes Against Children Unit of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) Gender Equality Talks #1 — How to Intervene in Domestic Violence?

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is hosting a series of four gender equality talks in conjunction with the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

16 Days of Activism begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November, and culminates on Human Rights Day, 10 December. Throughout the campaign, communities across the world take action to end violence against women and girls.

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The November 16th talk, “How to Intervene in Domestic Violence,” features writer Bernice Chauly, domestic violence survivor Fadilah Nizar, and WAO Advocacy Officer Natasha Dandavati.

 

Let’s talk about gender equality — Women’s Aid Organisation

Source: The Malay Mail Online

whatyouthink-new-logo_200_200_100KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 — Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is hosting a series of four gender equality talks in conjunction with the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

16 Days of Activism begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November, and culminates on Human Rights Day, 10 December. Throughout the campaign, communities across the world take action to end violence against women and girls.

“We join the chorus of activists worldwide, advocating for gender equality. We want to raise awareness about women’s rights at home and at work,” says WAO Executive Director Sumitra Visvanathan. “Many women in Malaysia experience domestic violence, sexual harassment, and workplace discrimination. We need to talk about this.” Read more