UN Women International Women’s Day 2016

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Unicef: What good is child marriage to anyone?

KUALA LUMPUR: Child marriages as a tradition is of no benefit to the individual or community, says Unicef Malaysia.In Malaysia, parents may consent to child marriages to avoid the shame of premarital sex or pregnancies out of wedlock.“Child marriages put girls at risk of early and unwanted pregnancies, posing life-threatening conse­quences,” Unicef said in a statement yesterday. Worldwide,...

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Minister: We don’t need laws to achieve gender equality

KUCHING: Malaysia will continue to use persuasion rather than law or quotas to improve gender equality, says Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim.For instance, she said there were policies to increase women’s involvement in the workplace and had at least 30% women in decision-making positions. “For us, persuasive methods are more effective in the long run...

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