16 Women


In the spirit of International Women's Day, Penang Monthly is featuring 16 exceptional women who have had a profound impact on the community around them.

Chong Eng
Member of Parliament for Bukit Mertajam

The “woman in grey” is well known for her pursuit of gender equality. Under her leadership, 3Gs (Good Governance for Gender Equality) was set up in 2010 to advocate women empowerment policies, including gender responsive budgeting (GRB) and the provision of childcare facilities in Penang.

When did your political awareness begin?

Back when I was just a kid, I already felt the unfairness of village life where both boys and girls had to do farm work, but the girls also had to do house chores while the boys could rest and play.

What made you join politics?

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