Monday, September 27, 2021

Women's rights: Look Rwanda for a change

KL, 27 Sept 2021: When talking about equal rights, try looking elsewhere other than the West next time. For the answers to the question may be found in 'backward' countries like Rwanda (where 61 per cent of this African country's parliamentarians are women), Cuba (53 per cent), Nicaragua (51 per cent), and Mexico and the United Arab Emirates (50 per cent). In developed Europe, none of the countries have ever reached 50 per cent. 

I read an article in The Vibes (h e r e) this morning about Iceland nearly becoming the first in Europe to have a women-majority Parliament. A miss is a good as a mile but congratulations to them, all the same. We Malaysians shouldn't talk: last year female reps in our Dewans was only 14.41 per cent. But if the likes of Zuraida Kamaruddin, the Ampang Member of Parliament, insist on talking, just know our place and the fact that we need to learn, not teach or guide others.

p..s  Btw, whatever happened to Zuraida's trip to Afghanistan to teach the Talibans about women's rigths, anyone? The latest article on Google is this 24 Aug piece by The Star: Zuraida to meet Afghan ambassador after offer to guide Taliban on women's rights 


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