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The rights of women in Malaysia: Special reference to article 8 of the Federal Constitution

Masum, Ahmad and Md Dahlan, Nuarrual Hilal (2013) The rights of women in Malaysia: Special reference to article 8 of the Federal Constitution. In: International Conference on Asean Women (ICAW2013), 10th-12th December 2013, Bandung, Indonesia. (Unpublished)

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From the very moment of her birth, the girl child confronts a world which values her existence less than that of boys. Girls face obstacles in education, nutrition, health and other areas solely because of their sex.They are viewed as having a 'transient presence' to be married young and then judged by their ability to procreate. As they mature into women, they are thrust into a cycle of disempowerment that is very likely to be their destiny.The issue of the rights of women remains highly divisive in most societies and regions of the world.This paper aims to examine the rights of women in Malaysia by looking at the constitutional implications of Article 8 of the Federal Constitution. The methodology adopted in this paper is a legal library based research focusing mainly on primary and secondary legal sources.The scope of this paper is limited to Article 8 of the Federal Constitution dealing mainly with two issues in the context of the rights of women in Malaysia i.e. the right to equal protection under the law and non-discrimination regardless of gender. The paper concludes that although the rights of women in Malaysia are accorded respect under the Federal Constitution, there is still a need for reform to stride towards the ideal of gender equality especially in the areas where laws are viewed as discriminatory and thus a hindrance to the notion of equality before the law.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Organized by: Northern Corridor Research Centre, Universiti Utara Malaysia. Pusat Studi, Universitas Islam Bandung. School of Government, College of Government, Law and International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Equal protection under the law; gender; Malaysia; non-discrimination; rights of women
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Ahmad Masum
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2014 08:15
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2014 08:15
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/10015

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