Enact Gender Equality Act

By:

Rusni Tajari

Affiliations:

Women's Aid Organisation (WAO)

Policy Code:

2c Women

Problem Statement:

The Gender Equality Law has not been enacted although the CEDAW Committee’s Concluding observations recommended this in 2006. It has been stalled since the PN govt came into power although work on it had started in 2019

Value(s) and Belief(s):

The gender equality guarantee in article 8 of the Constitution is not enough to enable the achievement of equality or to bring about de facto equality as required under CEDAW.

Proposal of Solution:

Set timeline to finalise and enact the Gender Equality Act.

Additional Information:

JAG has been advocating for a GE act since 2009 The enactment of the GE law will help operationalise the equality guarantee in the Constitution. The GE act will be a form of domesticating CEDAW and will help to fulfill obligations under CEDAW and to be accountable to women in the country Further readings; "Main elements of JAG’s proposed Gender Equality Act for Malaysia." Link: https://wao.org.my/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/JAG-Policy-Brief-May-2017-Main-Elements-of-GEA.pdf

Translation

Isu dan Polisi Semasa:

Akta Kesaksamaan Gender masih belum digubal walaupun Jawatankuasa CEDAW telah memberi saranan dalam Cadangan Penutup pada 2006. Ini telah telah terhenti sejak Perikatan Nasional (PN) memerintah walaupun kerja-kerja untuk menggubal akta ini telah lama dimulakan.

Nilai-nilai dan Kepercayaan:

Jaminan kesaksamaan gender seperti yang termaktub dalam Artikel 8 Perlembagaan Persekutuan tidak mencukupi untuk mencapai atau mewujudkan kesaksamaan de facto seperti yang disarankan oleh CEDAW.

Penyelesaian:

Menetapkan garis masa untuk memuktamadkan dan menggubal Akta Kesaksamaan Gender

Informasi Tambahan:

JAG has been advocating for a GE act since 2009 The enactment of the GE law will help operationalise the equality guarantee in the Constitution. The GE act will be a form of domesticating CEDAW and will help to fulfill obligations under CEDAW and to be accountable to women in the country Further readings; "Main elements of JAG’s proposed Gender Equality Act for Malaysia." Link: https://wao.org.my/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/JAG-Policy-Brief-May-2017-Main-Elements-of-GEA.pdf