PETALING JAYA: Prominent activist Marina Mahathir has slammed the appointment of two men including the prime minister to helm Putrajaya women’s empowerment council, saying it reflects a narrow “patriarchal belief” that only men can lead.
Speaking to FMT, Marina said it should be obvious to anyone that a council for women, if it sincerely wants to help them, should be led by them.
“Men appointing themselves as heads of a women’s council is another example of the sheer tone-deafness of male privilege. It underscores the patriarchal belief that only men can lead,” she said.
She was responding to the recent appointment of Najib Razak and advertising mogul Lim Kok Wing to chair national women’s empowerment council, Women’s Innovation Academy, better known as myWIN. Read more