“All persons are equal before the law and entitled to equal protection of the law” Article 8 of the Malaysian federal constitution.
Every 8th March each year, women all over the world are celebrating the International Women’s Day. This year, it marks the 100th day of celebration. Being brought up in Malaysia for almost my entire life, I can see the differences between the women years ago with the later year, more women can be seen in the higher learning education and increasing number of women uphold important positions in their respective companies.
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However, the main perception of women is still evolving around family matters. From my personal observation, many women are expected to remain as homemakers and mothers. Even if women are given the choice to work, they still need to devote most of their time at home around their family members. Many women who work before marriage have also given up their jobs when they get married.
Much of the tension that we are experiencing today is because of the mistrust we have for one another. – Marina Mahathir, Wednesday March 2, 2011, “Ignorance giving rise to discrimination”
In conclusion, we still need to focus on women’s rights, sexual harassment, domestic violence, education and women in work. Lots of things need to be focused on and more yet to be identified. Nevertheless, I hope that Malaysia is going on the right direction.
On that note, I checked online for the International Women’s Day Malaysia celebration. There was an event, International Women’s Day Malaysia, 100th Anniversary Celebration organised on 5th of March 2011. While I am applauding the agenda of the event, the special performance baffled me: Sexy Belly Dancing? Well, nothing say celebration of women more than sexy belly dancing. WIN!
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