Agents of Change: Chong Eng

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Penang Institute’s dialogue session with policymakers and influencers saw a stimulating discussion with state exco member Chong Eng, who is chairman of the state’s Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee as well. Chong Eng was also the first woman from DAP to be elected into the Penang State Assembly in 1995.

A woman’s place is anywhere she wants to be, and it is Chong Eng’s vision to change mindsets and achieve equal representation for women.

Chong Eng says…

Men and women in Malaysia are still largely unaware about gender equality, equal opportunities and equal rights. Today’s women work as hard as men, but are still often perceived as the weaker sex due to gender bias.

Women have a choice, and we need to raise awareness on this point not just among women, but men as well. One third of Penang Women’s Development Corporation’s (PWDC) awareness programmes should be targeted at men – gender equality is beneficial to men, too: division of jobs should not be driven by gender but by ability and interests.


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