Globally, women have fewer opportunities for economic participants than men, less access to basic and higher education, greater health and safety risks, and less political representation. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, even the limited progress made in the past decades is at risk of being rolled back.
While everyone is facing unprecedented challenges, women are bearing the brunt of the economic and social fallout of COVID-19.
Pre-existing inequalities and discriminatory social norms have hindered women's participation in decision-making. However, DHRRA believes, women’s awareness of their human rights is one of the first steps towards the achievement of gender equality.
In collaboration with European Union, DHRRA Malaysia has initiated a series of Legal Literacy Training for Grassroots CSOs and Women Political Leaders in Malaysia.
From March to May 2021, DHRRA Malaysia conducted three (3) legal literacy training. These trainings were conducted in Selangor, Perak and Negeri Sembilan. The participants of the program include members of civil society organizations and women political leaders.
The fields of law discussed during the training are Malaysian Constituency, Family Law, Criminal Law, Consumer Law, Shariah Law, and Employment Law. The participants took this opportunity to discuss many grassroots issues with the presenting lawyers and experts.
Sharing by the participants:
“It's good for us, working and non-working women, to know all these things. We will be able to take care of ourselves and be prepared if something happens”
“These have lots to do about my work… this knowledge is very beneficial”
“I am now able to share this information, especially on Family Law, when members of my community seek support”
“I am looking forward to sharing this information with my community”
“The issues discussed here are something which is current and relevant. I hope everyone gets this knowledge”
“I will pass on this information.”
Legal empowerment of women is a crucial step as the lack of women in decision-making positions in Malaysia poses a great concern as it impedes women’s voices from being heard at the policy level and the inclusion of gender and women issues in the discussion and formulation of laws and policies crucial to the women’s wellbeing. The advancement of the nation and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals; Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, will not be possible without the inclusion of women.