Gender Equality and The Millennium Development Goals


Statistics give a varied picture of gender inequality in Malaysia. The educational level of women has certainly improved over the last few decades, but their participation in the workforce has not. Why is that? Is the glass ceiling stopping them?

Malaysia: The Millennium Development Goals at 2010 paints a general but holistic picture of the status of Malaysia since the midterm review in 2005. I was impressed by the balance and the objectivity of the reporting, which highlights the good while outlining Malaysia’s shortcomings in its commitments to achieve the next milestone in 2015, with the support of concrete statistical data.

Though many might find the book to be lacking in in-depth analyses, it is still a very important initiative to keep track of the effectiveness of the government’s policies and its achievements.

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