Women and the Law 2016 Forum

Zonta Club of Kuala Lumpur Forum on “WOMEN AND THE LAW – Know Your Rights

Date : Saturday 22nd October 2016

Time : 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Registration : 8.00 am – 9.15 am (Welcome coffee/tea and snacks)

Venue : PULLMAN HOTEL, 1 Jalan Pantai Jaya, 59200 K.L.

Fee : RM250 per person (on or before September 30,2016);  RM300 per person (after September 30, 2016)

Mode of payment : Please bank in to Kelab Zonta Kuala Lumpur”

Acct no:  564276816601 Maybank TTDI

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For any queries do email: amasg56@gmail.com OR text to 0122120621

The forum on “Women and the Law – Know your Rights” is a full-day programme where we hope to create awareness on the status of women’s rights in so far as it has been provided for and achieved to date within the context of the laws in Malaysia. We hope to stimulate healthy discussion on the related issues so that women in general know and understand their rights within the Law.  

The Guiding Principle of Zonta International, its Districts and its Clubs is that Women’s Rights are Human Rights, essential for the development of all People. Zonta International endorses the values expressed in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Topics for Discussion

  1. CEDAW RECOMMENDATIONS AND MALAYSIA: are we on track?Shanthi Dairiam
  2. WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS – how true is this maxim?Dato’ Malik Imtiaz Sarwar
  3. DO MUSLIM WOMEN’S RIGHTS DIFFER FROM HUMAN RIGHTS?Rozana Isa, SIS
  4. WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN THE FAMILY: what happens when there is ‘trouble in Paradise’?Honey Tan, Tan Law Practice, KL
  5. RIGHTS OF THE INDIGENOUS WOMEN – have they been compromised? – Centre for OA Concerns
  6. MARGINALISED WOMEN, THE SICK AND THE INFIRM – are their legal rights given due recognition?Lyana Khairudin
  7. ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN ENSURING WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE PROTECTEDKPWKM

Moderator: Puan Hendon Mohamed, Malaysian Bar Council

About Zonta Club of Kuala Lumpur:

Zonta Club of Kuala Lumpur, currently the only Zonta Club in Malaysia, was registered with the ROS in 2011. The Club is a Charter Club of Zonta International (ZI), a 97-year-old organisation, which has its headquarters in Chicago, USA.

Zonta’s focus is on Empowerment of Women and Girls through Service and Advocacy. The membership of Zonta International has now expanded to 30,000 in 66 countries since its inception in 1919. Zonta International has official relations with the United Nations as an NGO. Members of clubs of ZI are women in leadership positions, professionals and executives (please refer to www.zonta.org).

Zonta International, its districts and its clubs are non-partisan and non-sectarian.

In search of common ground: Reconciling religion and human rights — Zainah Anwar

Source: The Malaysian Bar

SEPTEMBER 21 — Speech by Zainah Anwar at the 4th Raja Aziz Addruse Memorial Lecture entitled In Search of Common Ground: Reconciling Religion and Human Rights:

Zainah Anwar, co-founder of Sisters in Islam. Pic taken from The Star Online.

Zainah Anwar, co-founder of Sisters in Islam. Pic taken from The Star Online.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am really honoured to be standing here today to give the 4th Raja Aziz Addruse Memorial Lecture. Thank you to the Bar Council and Steven Thiru for this brave invitation. I give talks and lectures all over the world, but it is not often that I get invited to give such a public lecture to a big and particularly important audience in Malaysia. So thank you for this honour, not least because it is in the name of a man I have always admired, the late Raja Aziz Addruse — a man of integrity and honour, a man who upheld the rule of law, who was passionate about human rights, who had the courage of his convictions.  And not least, a man who believed that no matter how tough the battle is, we must never give up — to stand up and speak out for what is right and what is just. So thank you once again for this honour.

Ladies and gentlemen, when I began to speak publicly of finding equality and justice in Islam over  25 years ago, a common response was, “Why bother?” Muslim feminists told me it was a waste of time, a losing battle because Islam, in fact, all religions are inherently unjust and patriarchal: for every alternative interpretation I could offer to justify equality, the ulama could counter with 100 others. And it is their voice that is recognised as the voice of authority on matters of faith, not mine.

The secularists said it was a dangerous enterprise, as I was giving legitimacy to the position of religion in the public square. Religion is private between you and God and should have no role to play in public life, let alone in public law and policy. To argue that religion can be a source of good and a source of justice is to give strength to the place of religion in public life. Religion must remain personal, and be delegitimised in the public sphere.

And the human rights activists felt it was wrong to engage with religion as the fight for justice and equality can only and should only be fought through a human rights framework, through UN conventions and universal principles. This is our area of strength that the ulama and Islamist activists do not have, and we should focus our struggle within only this universal framework. Read more