Getting Women into Politics Takes Effort from Above and Below

By Braema Mathi

March 2021 FEATURE
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Photo: PWDC
THE TWO-DAY WORKSHOP Sidang Wanita is the outcome of the 2016 Gender Electoral Forum. Held last October, the workshop was organised by the Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC), to encourage women’s active involvement in politics.Roadshows were conducted across Penang’s five districts to engage 2,500 women from the local governments and councils, political parties, and from the Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Wanita dan Keluarga, Majlis Pengurusan Komuniti Kampung and civil society organisations.Photo: PWDCOf these women, 400 were shortlisted, 120 interviewed and finally, 40...

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Braema Mathi

is a visiting senior research fellow at Penang Institute. She is from Singapore and she loves the hills, the rivers and trekking – all of which are plentiful in Penang.