Malaysia

A recent survey caused a stir by revealing how Malaysian Malays rate the importance of religion in their lives. Over 70 per cent of 1,000 Malays surveyed nationwide said they viewed themselves as Muslims first, Malaysians second, and Malays third.
Headscarves can elicit many questions. Shazeera Ahmad Zawawi, a 27-year-old female Malaysian Muslim, fields them all the time.
WLUML and the Women's Centre for Change recently organised the International Conference on Mechanisms and Legislation to Promote and Protect Gender Equality, with participants from South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iran and Germany.
Some thoughts and perspectives from Zainah Anwar, Executive Director of Sisters in Islam (SIS). Zainah gives public talks on Islam and women's rights, politics and fundamental liberties, nationally and internationally.
The Prime Minister’s daughter and two daughters of two past prime ministers came together to speak up for Muslim women and voice their concern over injustices perpetrated in the name of Islam.
Proceedings and papers from this international consultation took place from 18-20 March 2006, organised by Sisters in Islam.
Armed with Quranic texts that emphasize equality, justice and compassion, Sisters in Islam advocates new interpretations of the Quran which are more supportive of women's rights.
Sometimes it seems that Zainah Anwar — articulate, a little brassy, a presence wherever she goes — single-handedly keeps the flame for women's rights alive in Malaysia, a country that portrays itself as the model of a progressive Muslim society.
The Cabinet told the Federal Territory Religious Department to disband the "snoop team" as it is tantamount to invasion of privacy. With this move, they sent a clear message "forget about it" to other groups that may have plans to set up similar units.
Dismayed by election setbacks, the Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS) is learning the hard way that drains matter as much as faith when it comes to votes.
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