Community, Featured, Gender, General, Politics

PRESS: Democratisation as the way forward to achieve gender equality

* Chinese translation here. 080312 | Bukit Mertajam As we celebrate more than a hundred years of struggle to seek recognition of equal dignity and equal rights for women, symbolised by the annual observation of the International Women’s Day on Mac 8, I want to invite women and men in Malaysia to return to the drawing… Continue reading PRESS: Democratisation as the way forward to achieve gender equality

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PRESS: 民主化发展方向实现两性平等

English version here. 080312|大山脚 每年3月8日的国际妇女节,象征着妇女争取两性平等经已走过了百余年的历程,我想借着这个特别的日子呼吁全国上下的男性与女性回归本位,从基础层面重新诠释“两性平等”的意义。 1995年,北京行动纲领制定了全国或地方代表必须有至少30%女性决策者或女性领导人的比例,然而15年过去了,我国距离此目标依旧甚远。虽然拥有学士学位的女性比男性多,女性研究生的比例也比男性研究生高出许多,但男性在日常生活中依然占较高统治地位。目前,我国下议院仅有10%的女性国会议员,州政府只有8%的女性行政议员,而在30名内阁部长里,也只有区区2名女性部长。自我国独立以来,女性内阁部长从未超过3位。 我们必须重新检视。是的,北京行动纲领已改变了这个世界对男女性的需求,社会动态也 因此而产生变化,但女性在很多地方仍然是处于边缘地位的群组。正当大部分女性已经能通过多项管道获得学习资源之际,我们今日必须探讨的问题是:我们该如何在一个大多数人都认为不平等是“理所当然”的现有系统里,对大家提高与灌输政治醒觉意识? 生活在把不平等视为理所当然的社会里,我们最该探讨的是马来西亚该如何缩小政府、企业和人民之间的缝隙。换句话说,我们该如何阻止垄断力量继续扩散。在当今社会里,不平等的文化似乎深深地扎根了。富贫悬殊日益扩大、中产阶级逐渐消失,这些现象反映了一个重利轻民的制度。我们需要改善的,就是社会的不平等现象,必须通过立法来向各种歧视宣战,保护弱者、保护工人阶级不受资产阶级的剥削,认真履行法制的平等概念,而不是让法律条文只沦为商业契约的工具。 现在,已经是时候让马来西亚人重新省视政治的意义。让更多的女性在传统的政治角逐中掌握实权,固然是个伟大的目标,然而,更迫切需要努力的,是在社会的每一个层面上扩大民主的空间。所谓政治,不只是如何在每五年一次的普选中获胜而已,而应该是在每一次普选的间隔中,如何推动民主化进程。在这一点上,我们需要更多的女性和男性来积极参与。政治参与,本来就不应该被看作只是权位的角逐而已。如果真的要说权位,那就不应该是权位的角逐,而应该是权位的下放。人民应该被授权来监督政府的公信力。更多的女性及男性,应该被授权参与地方政府的决策过程。在马来西亚,我们还在为民主的课题斗争,不单是女性,连男性本身也惧于公开发表自己的政见,怕受到当权者的对付。革除这种现象的关键在于,我们不应该视政治为一小部分特权阶级的权力角逐,而应该把政治当作是一个让社会各阶层、两性,都有机会参与的民主化进程。 这就是为什么我们在威省市议会,要以民众的参与来扩大民主的空间,作为一个典范。今年,我们将首度实行GRB财政预算,也就是说,在市议会的各种发展计划中,将以其对两性的影响,作为一个考虑因素。配合槟州政府的CAT原则,威省市议会将努力提供更多的资讯便利,以及为北海一带的民众提供一个参与地方政府决策的更广大平台。这些努力,志在授权公民社会,女性及男性,让他们对地方政府的决策有更深入的省视和掌握。 国际妇女节快乐! 沈志强 威省市议员 威省市议会性别敏感小组委员

Community, Featured, Gender, General, Philosophy

How Many Know The Nights Before…

They said your torment was the roofless night Unwelcomed in your own country, The painful burdensome flight Moved like pawns by the king’s decree. Your knocks were ignored, your pleas refused, Rejected at the door, insulted with abuse. But how many know the nights before, When you faced the scorns around; Contempt far worst than… Continue reading How Many Know The Nights Before…

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PRESS: Quota is good but not enough – Why Federal Government is pushing its duty on gender equality to the private sector?

280611 | Penang Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced yesterday that the government will compel the corporate sector to have at least 30% women in decision-making positions by 2016 (http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/compulsory-30pc-women-stake-in-top-level-posts-by-2016/) This is not a new thing; since 1995, the Malaysian government has ratified the United Naition’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms… Continue reading PRESS: Quota is good but not enough – Why Federal Government is pushing its duty on gender equality to the private sector?

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NEWS: Penang council initiates gender-sensitive budget

Source: GoodTimes The Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) is set to become the first local government to have a gender responsive budgeting (GRB) policy. MPSP councillor Steven Sim said they are aiming to start a three-year plan by next year to implement GRB by 2015. Contrary to common beliefs, GRB is not about spending equally… Continue reading NEWS: Penang council initiates gender-sensitive budget

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NEWS: MPSP to table gender responsive budget

This was a "scary photo" of me by the Star, but the news is worth it all. ---------- Source: The Star THE Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) will for the first time table a budget by 2015 which ensures that the needs of both male and female are met equally. Council secretary Rozali Mohamud said… Continue reading NEWS: MPSP to table gender responsive budget

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PRESS: Home Minister, IGP, Act Now: Stop Police Humiliation of Detainees

Originally published here Press statement by the Good Governance and Gender Equality Society, Penang (3Gs) and the Women’s Rights Awareness Association (WRAA) 040611 | Penang We refer to the news in Malaysiakini on a recent vice raid in Penang by Bukit Aman police officers (http://malaysiakini.com/news/165943). The news portal and other dailies reported that the police… Continue reading PRESS: Home Minister, IGP, Act Now: Stop Police Humiliation of Detainees

Gender, Govt, Politics

NEWS: Perkasa chief tells why men like him cheat wives

Source: Harakahdaily.net KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 7: When was the last time that a woman was blamed for her wayward husband? In Malaysia's case, it was only today. Only a few days after Kinabatangan member of parliament Bung Mukhtar - no stranger to chauvinist remarks - suggested that female drivers were the cause of road accidents,… Continue reading NEWS: Perkasa chief tells why men like him cheat wives

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PRESS: PM and male MPs should condemn Ibrahim Ali for denigrating women in Parliament, yet again

Press Statement by Steven Sim Chee Keong 070411 | Bukit Mertajam, Penang I refer to report in Malaysiakini (http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/160879) on the statement by Ibrahim Ali, MP for Pasir Mas in Parliament blaming women for extramarital affairs of their husbands. Ibrahim Ali seems to be competing with other UMNO MPs to outdo each other in being… Continue reading PRESS: PM and male MPs should condemn Ibrahim Ali for denigrating women in Parliament, yet again

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NEWS: Sexual Harassment Bill: How much longer, Shahrizat?

In 2001, a coalition of women NGOs known as Joint Action Group Against Violence Against Women (JAG) submitted a memorandum and a Sexual Harassment Bill proposal to the Human Resource Ministry to urge the government to implement an act which criminalizes sexual harassment especially at the workplace. The proposal include setting up of grievance mechanism which addresses… Continue reading NEWS: Sexual Harassment Bill: How much longer, Shahrizat?