08 March 2011

Invitation to Gender Equality Forum on 12 March 2011, University of Malaya


Gender Equality: Same Same BUT Different
in celebration of 100 years of international women's day

You are cordially invited to a Public Forum "Gender Equality: Same Same BUT Different".

Date: Saturday, 12 March 2011, 9.00am - 1.00pm
Venue: Bilik Wawasan, Rumah Universiti, Universiti of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
Panelists: Shanthi Dairiam, Former CEDAW Committee Member
"Gender Equality: Are We There Yet?"
Rozana Isa, Member of Sisters in Islam
"Reclaiming Gender Equality in Syariah Law"

Jointly organised by:
Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower)
Sisters in Islam
Bar Council Malaysia
Equal Rights Trust (UK)
Media Sponsor:

Admission is FREE.

Please refer to the attached brochure for further info or contact Mila at 03-7784 4977/016-2208784 or mila.noordin@gmail.com for reservations.

Thank you.


The Federal Constitution of Malaysia Article 8(2) states that “… there shall be no discrimination against citizens on the ground only of religion, race, descent, place of birth or gender in any law or in the appointment to any office or employment under a public authority or in the administration of any law relating to the acquisition, holding or disposition of property or the establishing or carrying on of any trade, business, profession, vocation or employment.”

Despite this, there are other relevant articles deemed discriminatory against gender in the Federal Constitution. There are instances where gender equality is elusive and misinterpreted by the courts. Enjoyment of real equality is still impeded by cultural and social norms and the effects of discrimination prevent women from realizing substantive equality.

The Equality Series is one of the programmes under the Equality Project undertaken by Tenaganita in partnership with the Equal Rights Trust (UK). EMPOWER, in partnership with Tenaganita, Sisters in Islam and Bar Council Malaysia is organising the fourth forum on Gender Equality. The key objective of this Gender Equality Forum is to strengthen our understanding of gender equality and non-discrimination. Equality does not mean sameness; it means that women and men, while different, still need to have equality of opportunities and access; and to build enabling conditions in order to enjoy equality in their lives.

(Pusat Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor)
Address:13, Lorong 4/48E,
Seksyen 4,
46050 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: 03 - 7784 4977
Fax: 03 - 7784 4978
Email: empower05@gmail.com

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