Women in Malaysia
Empowering Women in Malaysia
Achieving gender equality and empowering women are necessary to achieve social, economic and political development.
Today, girls and women continue to benefit from health and education services with women surpassing men in enrolment and academic achievements in many situations. Women in Malaysia are also more actively involved today in politics and numerous other national initiatives.
Malaysia’s commitment and dedication to the advancement of women is evident in many of its programs and policies in the last two decades.
The Government continues to play a crucial and supportive role in achieving greater gender equality in the country, by providing a healthy environment for the advancement of women at both national and international arenas. The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development which is responsible for addressing women’s issues in Malaysia has had its budget increase from RM 1.8 million (US$ 0.5 million) in 2001 to RM 30.5 million (US$ 8.6 million) in 2005, demonstrating the country’s serious commitment to the cause.
Future challenges to be considered include: addressing the continued poverty among female-headed households; combating violence against women; raising the effectiveness of gender mainstreaming strategies; reducing women’s risk of contracting HIV; removing attitudinal challenges that impact capacity-building; and raising the level of women’s participation in the labour force, in business and in politics and government.
Source: Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development
SOWC 2007 - Women in Malaysia Speak Out!
UNICEF in Action - Malaysia