Debating Women’s Rights

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The Johor Women’s League or JEWEL recently held its high-tea at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru in conjunction with International Women’s Day. This is the third of JEWEL’s IWD High-Tea and ‘Guest Speaker’ series.

Keynote speaker, Zainah Anwar, who was the head of Sisters in Islam for over two decades before stepping down spoke in premise to “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity”, in accordance to the UN International Women’s Day theme for 2015.

Zainah Anwar who is an acclaimed women’s right advocate and the current Director of Musawah, gave a talk which focused on the issues of women in the working world and the low number of women in leadership positions.

Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and Suri Kempe have graced JEWEL’s speaker series in the past.

Chairman of Public Accounts Committee and Member of Parliament for Pulai, Datuk Nur Jazlan officiated the occasion with an impromptu speech emphasising about the importance of legislature in appointing women in pivotal positions in the public sector.

His off the cuffs delivery suggested introducing a quota system to employ women in influential positions.

Also in attendance was special guest YDH DCP Dato’ Mohd Mokhtar bin Haji Mohd Shariff, Chief Police Officer of Johor and his wife, Datin Bibi Zakariah Meraslam. JEWEL paid tribute to the outgoing Johor Police Chief for his invaluable support to JEWEL and to the NGO community in general.

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