I believe that Kelantan is a very important state for KeADILan to focus on.
PAS has loyal voters and supporters but as a strategy to strengthen the ruling state government, I feel that a very important approach would be to strengthen KeADILan in Kelantan.
Winning more state seats that are not typical PAS seats will certainly add to the numbers. Thus, we set about training the Wanita leaders of Kelantan with the methodology of campaigning and operasi anjak – a tool developed by Wanita that comes complete with monitoring system, skill sets, and behavioral indicator to measure the swing in votes.
I believe that Kelantan is a very important state for KeADILan to focus on.
“I cannot imagine my life without women!…I was born and raised by my mother, a woman whom I dearly loved and respected. I was also brought up by my sister and aunt, both of whom were also women. I have sisters and and female friends with whom I played with during my childhood days, which made my life cheerful. Then I marry my wife, a woman I love very much. Women have played such a significant role in my life. What will become of my life and our lives without women in them…?”
Such were the words of a Chinese activist in responding to a debate about the motion brought by Wanita KeADILan regarding the 30% quota to women in decision-making positions.
Allah created human beings in pairs where half of the earth’s population is women. However, majority of policies affecting the society and nation, in which women are also members, usually do not reflect the opinions and viewpoints of women. So, there exists an environment where the views of women are rarely sought in policy and decision-making which concerns women in many ways. Such an environment will certainly produce a kind of a clear imbalance or one-sidedness within society at large.
These day, news of rampant corruption, social ills that involve youths and children, lives hardship due to increased daily living costs, violence against women and the weak, and numerous other hideous incidents that tears the heart and upsets the mind. The solutions to those ills demand a dynamic and forceful will, which of course must include women as members of the decision-making process.
Directly or indirectly, women have and will continue to play a major role in ascertaining harmony within society. Through their duties and interaction within the family units, their contribution in the workplace, and organisation in which they are active, women always give their best endlessly without self-interest. However, women have become too complacent and comfortable standing behind other people, especially men who usually decides for them.
Undeniably, such mindset is the outcome of life within the family which is based on patriarchal value. Islam also maintains such view in order to protect the family and the ummah. Many women, however, failed to differentiate between their role within the family and their role outside the family. Women must understand that the divine injunction that says men are superior to women from the perspective of decision making process within the family, does not cover the roles of men and women within an organization and in upholding the process of democracy. The status of men and women is the same in domains outside the family; only taqwa (the degree of faith) differentiates them. In an organisation, the role of an individual is based on the position held and duties assigned. When more men and women understand that notion, we will all proceed with accomplishing our duties without any difficulty.
Women think differently from men. Psychologically, it has been proven that when women decide, their consideration rests on the best interests of the family and society, unlike men who deliberates more on development and profits. Therefore, it is imperative that women’s perspectives and voice be taken seriously when making decisions because they ensure the achievement of balanced decisions which reflect the interests of everyone within the society and nation.
The Beijing Declaration 1995 opted 30% as the minimum quota for women’s voice that would enable balanced decisions to be achieved and implemented. Parti Keadilan Rakyat had also agreed to implement that quota in the 2000 Annual Conference. Up till now we are still lagging behind in fulfilling that 30% women representation in decision-making process. With eight years of grassroots leadership development, mission, and principle building, Wanita KeADILan has consolidated the Women’s Wing at all party levels. Not only that, now the women are able to work in other arenas, outside the party.
The party’s Women Wing is now ready to fulfil the 30% quota which was agreed in the party’s resolution since 2000. That should be translated in assigning to women the 30% minimum seats for delegates to the party’s upcoming 2007 Congress in May. Also, to be translated in the MPT line-up (Majlis Pimpinan Tertinggi), where 30% of its members should be women. Wanita KeADILan is also offering to fulfil one of the vice-president seats in its quest to achieve that 30% quota. With the voice of women securely established, we can expect the reformasi agenda which the party upholds will offer the best to the people of Malaysia, where half the population is women. Women who are our mothers whom we love, who have showered us with love and kindness all our lives, our sisters who love us, too, and our wives and daughters who are the apples of our eyes. Surely, we will never reject the 30% voice of women in the decision making process within the party and onward in Parliament which will make our women’s lives more blissful and complete. Let’s look forward to a better future with such solid involvement of women!
Al Jazeera Riz Khan Show (Channel 20)
March 28 (Wednesday) – 2.00am (live), 7.00am (replay), 8.00am (replay), 2.00pm (replay).
In the interview, the former Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar will give his views on the Malaysian latest political situation and the reform process of the country.
Please tune-in and kindly forward this information to your friends.
INFORMATION BUREAU OF PEOPLE’S JUSTICE PARTY
11 March, 2007
Minister of Tourism Malaysia, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was quoted in Sin Chew newspaper on 9th March, 2007, to have said that amongst 10000 unemployed bloggers in existence, 80% of them were women. He was also quoted as saying that these bloggers fancy spreading rumours/liars, detesting unity and inter-racial harmony.
As a Minister, it was totally irresponsible to highlight such accusations, and making statements comprising of data which are yet to be proven, by someone in his position, is totally unacceptable.
His statement is uncalled for especially, when women of the world were just celebrating the International Women’s Day on 8th March 2007. Ministers, the likes of Tengku Adnan, who are non-gender sensitive and non-empathetic toward the reality and situation of women are likened to dinosaurs that have become extinct through time, as women truly reject such leaders.
The fact is: Women are never unemployed! They work day and night in the best interest of the family, society and country, and the majority of women are conscientious people who consistently put the interest of others before their own.
The statement by the Minister of Tourism Malaysia is seen as deliberately putting down and belittling the ability, commitment, earnestness, sensitivity, and tarnishing the good name of all women, especially Malaysian women, in their belief and effort to together develop and harmonise the country that they love.
With such a sexist statement, many Malaysian Women have now lost the confidence in the leadership of the Minister.
Hjh Fuziah Salleh
People’s Justice Party (Parti Keadilan Rakyat)
11 March 2007
7th March 2007
For nearly two decades, the efforts to highlight the issue of violence against women were initiated by various national and international women bodies. The World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, 1992 and the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, 1994 and the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, 1995, came to recognize women’s rights as human rights and prominently positioned the issue of violence against women on the world agenda.
The UN’s choice of the 2007 theme for the International Women’s Day articulates the critical issue that resides in almost all parts of the world. The theme: Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls reflects the state that the world has come to – becoming an unsafe place for women and girls. Perhaps, it is carrying the negative perception too far, but the statistics seem to agree with the perception. In America, only 55% of students feel safe in schools. The incidence of violence against women; rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment and assault, women and girls trafficking, psychological abuse, forced labour are some of the various acts of violence against women and girls, has not dampened significantly. On the contrary, the violence has perpetuated and some of them provide lucrative returns to irresponsible criminals.
In Malaysia, 50% of married women have suffered domestic violence at some time of their married life. On average, 6 women are raped every day in the streets of Malaysia. Only 25% of rape cases are reported. The actual incidence is therefore higher. Prevalent impunity is the direct result of those violence acts mentioned.
Women are subjected to violence in a wide range of settings, including the family, the community, state custody, and armed conflict and its aftermath. Violence constitutes a continuum across the lifespan of women, from before birth to old age. It cuts across both the public and the private spheres. The most common form of violence experienced by women globally is intimate partner violence, sometimes leading to death. At the same time it is also reported that one out of three women throughout the world is likely to experience sexual assault during her lifetime, thus it will not be exaggerating to say that human society is in crisis.
Violence against women has far-reaching consequences for women, their children, and society as a whole. Women who experience violence suffer a range of health problems, and their ability to earn a living and to participate in public life is diminished. Their children are significantly more at risk of health problems, poor school performance and behavioural disturbances. Violence against women impoverishes women, their families, communities and nations. It lowers economic production, drains resources from public services and employers, and reduces human capital formation. While even the most comprehensive surveys to date underestimate the costs, they all show that the failure to address violence against women has serious economic consequences.
As noted in a major report issued by the UN Secretary-General, all forms of violence against women represent unacceptable violations of human rights and together they form a major impediment to gender equality.
States have concrete and clear obligations to address violence against women, whether committed by state agents or by non-state actors. States are accountable to women themselves, to all their citizens and to the international community. States have a duty to prevent acts of violence against women; to investigate such acts when they occur and prosecute and punish perpetrators; and to provide redress and relief to the victims.
While differing circumstances and constraints require different types of action to be taken by the State, they do not excuse State inaction. Yet States worldwide are failing to implement in full the international standards on violence against women.
When the State fails to hold the perpetrators of violence accountable, it not only encourages further abuses, it also gives the message that male violence against women is acceptable or normal. The result of such impunity is not only denial of justice to the individual victims/survivors, but also persists as reinforcement of prevailing inequalities that affect other women and girls, too.
A violence-free world is not a mere dream. It is a precondition to a great human civilization on this earth.
Sisters of the world, let us rise up in solidarity in “Ending Impunity for Violence Against Women and Girls.” May this day bring us closer to the objectives of our struggle toward a violence-free world.
Happy International Women’s Day!