Women’s participation in political and public life

By:

Rusni Tajari

Affiliations:

Women's Aid Organisation (WAO)

Policy Code:

2c Women

Problem Statement:

Malaysia has 14.4% of female representation in parliament and is lacking in other leadership and law making roles. The 30% (state where the benchmark is from) has not been achieved

Value(s) and Belief(s):

To institutionalise women participation in political and public life

Proposal of Solution:

1) Implement a zero-tolerance policy towards GBV and discrimination, including by amending the Parliamentary standing orders.

2) Implement and institutionalise 30% quota for women representation in state and federal-level decision making bodies

Additional Information:

Women lawmakers are constantly harassed, ridiculed and shut down in public office. Oftentimes in a public setting, which is a violation of Malaysia’s commitment to CEDAW under Article 7. Further readings; "Speaker tells MPs to keep quiet after asked to extend Parliament sitting hours." (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhUEgIFO0Go ) and "Speaker snaps back at women’s MP opposition" (link: https://www.thesundaily.my/home/speaker-snaps-back-at-opposition-YY8133616)

Translation

Isu dan Polisi Semasa:

Malaysia mempunyai 14.4% perwakilan wanita di Parlimen dan kurang mempunyai perwakilan dalam kepimpinan dan peranan sebagai pembuat undang-undang dan dasar. 30% kuota sebagai penanda aras minimum masih belum dilaksanakan.

Nilai-nilai dan Kepercayaan:

Untuk menginstitusikan penyertaan wanita dalam politik dan kehidupan awam

Penyelesaian:

1) Melaksanakan dasar sifar-toleransi terhadap keganasan berasaskan gender (GBV), termasuklan dengan meminda Peraturan Mesyuarat Parlimen.
2) Melaksanakan dan menginstitusikan kuota minimum 30% sebagai pembuat keputusan di peringkat negeri dan persekutuan

Informasi Tambahan:

Women lawmakers are constantly harassed, ridiculed and shut down in public office. Oftentimes in a public setting, which is a violation of Malaysia’s commitment to CEDAW under Article 7. Further readings; "Speaker tells MPs to keep quiet after asked to extend Parliament sitting hours." (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhUEgIFO0Go ) and "Speaker snaps back at women’s MP opposition" (link: https://www.thesundaily.my/home/speaker-snaps-back-at-opposition-YY8133616)