Date: 13 September 2019 (Friday)
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)
Venue: Conference Hall, Penang Institute
Demands remain mere noise unless they are raised in Parliament to be transformed into legislation and practices. Studies have shown that women representatives in Parliament are more likely to speak for and act for women compared to male representatives. Some argue from their experiences and gender roles and have introduced more women-friendly policies. However, there is also evidence showing that when there are more women in Parliament, at a certain point, they tend to fail in raising issues or in making policies that are women-friendly. This has invited concerns and criticism from women groups. Furthermore, there are also studies which show that less women in legislatures does not mean that women-friendly policies are not introduced. Current trends show more men raising women issues in more pronounced ways than women representatives; and at the same time, less women are showing interest in debating women-related issues. This forum discusses whether women representatives still matter in the parliament.
YB Kasthuriraani Patto, Member of Parliament for Batu Kawan
1. YB Chong Eng, Penang EXCO for Women & Family Development, Gender Inclusiveness, and Religions Other Than Islam
2. YB Sanisvara Nethaji Rayer A/L Rajaji, MP of Jelutong
3. Dr Ummu Atiyah Ahmad Zakuan, Senior Lecturer at Universiti Utara Malaysia