Zainah Anwar on feminist issues at IWD 2015

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Leading feminist activist Zainah Anwar will take centre stage as a guest speaker at the Jewel International Women’s Day High Tea on March 29.

Zainah, who last year earned the accolade of being among the 10 Most Influential Muslim Women in the World, will speak on the subject of “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity”.

The Jewel IWD High Tea is a blue-ribbon event held annually in Johor Bahru in March to mark International Women’s Day (IWD). It is organised by the Johor Women’s League (Jewel). Previous guest speakers at the event have included Suri Kempe, programme director of Sisters in Islam; and human rights advocate Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir.

Jewel President Thanam Visvanathan-Suresh said her society was thrilled to be hosting Zainah, who is a passionate and eloquent advocate for the rights of Muslim women and girls.

“She has an extremely tight schedule as she travels the world delivering lectures and engaging with agencies such as the United Nations, to further the cause of women’s rights in the Muslim world. We are therefore quite humbled and really excited to have her grace our event, as I’m sure she will have a very interesting perspective to offer,” said Thanam.

Johor Bahru-born Zainah was the co-founder and former Executive Director of Sisters in Islam (SIS Forum), which she headed for two decades. She later co-founded Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. She is currently Musawah’s director. She also writes a monthly column on politics, religion and women’s rights for the Sunday Star.

Under her stewardship, SIS gained worldwide acclaim for being at the forefront of NGOs influencing amendments to Islamic Family Law, raising issues such as equality and justice for women, the right to guardianship, women as judges, and fundamental liberties.

SIS was also part of a coalition of NGOs that fought for the passage of the Domestic Violence Act in 1994, making Malaysia the first Muslim-majority nation in the world to pass legislation to protect family members against domestic violence.

The Jewel International Women’s Day High Tea is on Sunday, 29th March 2015, 2.30pm sharp at the DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru.

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