Imagined Communities, Real Women

loading Rusaslina Idrus (left) presenting on women in national history, and Ezrena Marwan.

A group of young dreamers encourage discussion through talks and storytelling and in the process, seek to reimagine Malaysia.

Expelled from school at 14 for social activism and then going on to set up a fiery women’s group; leading a march for independence because no one else would step up to do so. These acts are powerful stories in themselves, but even more so because they involved women at a time when they were largely invisible: the time of pre-independence Malaya.

But these women refused to remain invisible, and decided to stand up to be counted. So how is it that so few know about them?

As I listened to the talk on Stories of Women in Malaya, I, too, am not very certain that I had known of these women before that day.

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