Terengganu Shariah Also Criminalises Childbirth Under Six Months From Marriage December 6, 2022
Terengganu’s Shariah criminal law punishes out-of-wedlock pregnancy and childbirth with max 3 years’ jail, max 6 strokes of whipping, or max RM5,000 fine, or any combination.
OB-GYNs Warn Of Unsafe Abortions, Baby Dumping From Terengganu Out-Of-Wedlock Pregnancy Ban December 5, 2022
The Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia notes that Malaysia‘s maternal mortality rate in 2021 was the highest in four decades.
Paediatricians Warn Terengganu Of Maternal, Infant Deaths With Pregnancy Criminalisation December 5, 2022
The Malaysian Paediatric Association says criminalising pregnancy and childbirth may increase maternal and infant mortality, with unsafe abortions and baby dumping.
Terengganu Criminalises Pregnancy, Childbirth For Single Muslim Women December 2, 2022
It’s unclear if the Terengganu Shariah amendment exempts rape victims or if Muslim health care professionals will be prosecuted for providing maternity care to unmarried Muslim women.
Online Activism Both A Boon And A Bane In Fighting Gender-Based Violence November 28, 2022
Digital activism has helped women find their voices but, as in the real world, they are still subject to harassment online.
Universities Find They Can’t Silence Victims Of Sexual Assault November 23, 2022
In the face of silence from their universities, students have taken to social media to demand better action against sexual harassment and assault.
Gloves Off In Malaysia’s Modern Slavery Struggle November 14, 2022
Malaysia has touted its employment law reform as a crackdown on modern slavery, but it could all unravel without a few fixes.
Political Parties Fail To Field 30% Female Candidates November 7, 2022
Women make up only 13.44 per cent of total candidates vying for parliamentary seats in the upcoming general election.
Justice For Sisters: Review Joint Raids And Discriminatory Laws Against LGBT People November 2, 2022
Joint raids involving state Islamic departments involve violations of privacy, equality, and freedom of expression, and legitimises excessive state intervention into people’s private lives, says Justice for Sisters.
Don’t Ignore Sexual And Reproductive Health Issues, Political Parties Told October 28, 2022
Health care professionals urge politicians to tackle unintended pregnancy, baby dumping, comprehensive sexuality education, and better access to contraceptives and safe abortions.
Hope Amidst Cancer October 28, 2022
In conjunction with Pink October, Sunway Medical Centre raises awareness on breast cancer and the opportunities of having children despite a cancer diagnosis.
Harapan Women’s Manifesto Fails To Address Child Marriage, Unintended Pregnancies October 26, 2022
Political parties should pledge to provide non-judgmental sexual and reproductive health care, including contraceptive and safe abortion services, say NGOs and an O&G doc.
Pantai Hospital Ampang Advocates Women’s Wellness Education And Early Detection Screenings October 18, 2022
PHA will have special in-house offers, as well as a “PINK” booth at the hospital lobby to further the cause of women’s wellness.
Suicide Estimated As Second Leading Cause Of Death For Adolescents In Malaysia October 14, 2022
A report by UNICEF and MOH notes there is a dearth of direct information about suicide mortality among adolescents and children in Malaysia.
Long Road To Implementing Anti-Sexual Harassment Act October 12, 2022
While the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act may look like an end game after three decades of work, women’s groups call for public awareness campaigns and say the AGC should immediately draft rules governing the sexual harassment tribunal.
Government To Form Anti-Sexual Harassment Tribunal In 2023 October 7, 2022
Gender focal teams will also be established in all ministries and government agencies.
Budget 2023: Women Get Tax Breaks To Return To Work October 7, 2022
The tax breaks for women returning to work after a career break are applicable for the assessment years 2023-2028.
Budget Wish List: Sustainable Solutions For Period Poverty, Gender Sensitivity Training For Domestic Violence Frontliners October 7, 2022
Period poverty should be addressed through data collection, education, and infrastructure improvements, while gender sensitivity training should be incorporated into the overall PULAPOL curriculum.
What Women Want In Budget 2023 October 6, 2022
Kampung Tunku rep Lim Yi Wei says Budget 2023 should include a campaign for marriage as a partnership with equal responsibilities for both spouses; Lilian Kok from AWAM says there should be incentives to encourage the private sector to think about the social welfare of their employees.
Dewan Rakyat Approves Anti-Stalking Bill October 4, 2022
The punishment for stalking is imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine, or both.
Barbie’s Champions For Change Aspire To Make The World Better October 3, 2022
Five girls aged 5 to 10 across Southeast Asia won exclusive mentorships and experiences with organisations and community groups after sharing their ideas to bring positive change in the world.
Report: Malaysian Children Subjected To Sexual Exploitation And Abuse Online September 30, 2022
Up to 50 per cent of Malaysian children surveyed did not tell anyone about their experiences with online sexual exploitation and abuse due to shame and embarrassment, fear of getting into trouble, and that no one would believe them, according to a new report by ECPAT International, INTERPOL and UNICEF.
What Women Need To Know To Ensure Optimum Insurance Coverage For Breast Cancer September 29, 2022
It doesn’t matter if the treatment is old or new, breast cancer treatments should be covered by insurance regardless, says consultant breast surgeon Dr Ng Char Hong.
Normalising Conversations About The Breast September 28, 2022
Consultant breast surgeon Dr Ng Char Hong says many women are not familiar with their own breasts during self-exams for breast cancer, while The Asian Women (TAW) says the media oversexualises women’s breasts.
Roche Launches Campaign To Get Women To Prioritise Their Health September 23, 2022
Roche’s HER Time Matters Campaign will be rolled out in three phases focusing on awareness, health empowerment, and inspiration.
How Lack Of Counter Narrative Sidelines LGBT Malaysians September 20, 2022
Human Rights Watch and Justice for Sisters say Malaysia can engage with its LGBT citizens and learn from other countries to open up spaces for and improve the lives of LGBT people in the country.
‘Junior Germ Busters’ Aims To Protect Kids’ Health September 16, 2022
“Junior Germ Busters” is an inaugural campaign by MPA’s Healthy Little Bloomers programme, which aims to instil good hygiene, health and safety habits among children through early childcare and education centres across Malaysia.
Anti-LGBT Government Rhetoric, Policies Fuel Hatred And Violence September 14, 2022
A report by HRW-JFS highlights incidents of crime, violence, and harassment towards LGBT people, including a vigilante group known as Skuad Bada’r that harasses trans women in Sungai Petani, Kedah.
Malaysia Among 13 Countries To Criminalise Transgender People September 13, 2022
In one case highlighted in the HRW-JFS report, JKM tried to enter the home of a lesbian couple, one of whom had custody of two young children, based on a complaint of “deviant behaviour”.
Cultivating A ‘Third Space’ To Boost Teen Literacy September 6, 2022
The home and the classroom by themselves often may not offer the best environment for getting adolescents to read.
Preventing Children From Becoming Parrots As They Learn To Read September 5, 2022
Too much emphasis on children knowing how to read the words does not make reading meaningful.
HIV/AIDS Weaponised To Promote Malaysian LGBT Conversion Practices September 2, 2022
MOH’s National Strategic Plan to End AIDS 2016-2030 lists mukkhayam as a JAKIM psychosocial support programme, aimed to discourage men who have sex with men from practicing “unnatural sex”.
Unicef-MOH Study Reveals Gaps In Malaysia’s Child Mental Health Response August 29, 2022
Marginalised, out-of-school, and migrant children and adolescents bear the brunt of gaps in mental health and psychosocial support systems, says Christopher Davids from Unicef.
Azalina Moots Private Member’s Bill To Amend Constitution For Mothers’ Right To Confer Citizenship August 29, 2022
Azalina Othman Said says the women’s PSSC is willing to file a private member’s bill to amend the Constitution to empower Malaysian women to confer citizenship to their overseas-born children, citing previous unanimous MPs’ support for the anti-hopping law.
Foreign Women Bear The Brunt Of Malaysia’s Harsh Drug Laws August 29, 2022
Malaysia’s strict drug trafficking laws see foreign women disproportionately put on death row.
“You Grow Up Learning What You Are Is A Sin” August 25, 2022
LGBT students and youths face pressure to renounce their gender identity and sexual orientation, says a report by Human Right Watch and Justice for Sisters.
B60, ‘The New Poor’, Suffering Child Malnutrition: Klang MP August 22, 2022
Charles Santiago says the steep increase in prices impacts different people differently: the poor spend 25% of their monthly income on food, compared to 13% by the rich.
Roche Children’s Walk Raises RM63,200 To Help Disadvantaged Children August 19, 2022
The funds will be channelled to Rumah Kanak-Kanak Triniti and Shelter Home for Children to help them continue to provide food, shelter, clothing, guidance, and care for vulnerable children.
Minister’s Order Expands Paternity Leave, Longer Maternity Leave, Sexual Harassment Protection To All Workers August 18, 2022
The minister’s order amends the First Schedule of the Employment Act by removing the salary cap to include any employee who enters into a contract of service.
New App To Improve Access To Health Care For Marginalised Women August 17, 2022
The Jiwa Ibu app was developed by University of Nottingham Malaysia and social enterprise Hanai Jiwa Ibu to combat health care disparity.
Let’s Talk About Sex – To Ensure Safe Sex August 16, 2022
At the launch of Durex’s #COMETOGETHER campaign, panellists say open conversations with youths about sex promotes safe practices and prevents unwanted consequences.
LGBT Malaysians Attempt Suicide After Conversion Therapy: Report August 11, 2022
A new report by Human Rights Watch and Justice For Sisters describes how LGBT people in Malaysia, who underwent conversion practices in Islam and Christianity, experienced suicidal ideation or suicidal attempts.
Durex Survey Reveals Rise In Sexual Activity Among Malaysian Youths August 10, 2022
The survey revealed that 35% of Malaysian youths have had sexual intercourse, compared to 18.8% in 2016.
Study: Children In Southeast Asia Suffer From Malnutrition August 9, 2022
The nutritional status of Malaysian children appears to be worsening, with increases in underweight prevalence, stunting, and obesity, says Dr Poh Bee Koon.
Institute for Public Health To Conduct Survey On Maternal And Child Health August 8, 2022
The survey findings are expected to provide evidence-based data on the health status of women, mothers, and children.
Tabling of Law to Make Stalking A Crime Welcomed By WAO August 5, 2022
The NGO proposed three amendments to the Bill, including broadening the definition of stalking, including doxing, spying and property interference as acts of harassment, and extending the effective period of stalking protection orders.
UNODC: Over 60% of Human Trafficking Victims Are Women and Girls August 5, 2022
From 2008 until now, a total of 16,000 suspected victims of trafficking in Malaysia have been rescued and provided with Interim Protection Orders, says Rina Harun.
Over 3,000 New HIV Cases Reported in KL and Putrajaya From 2015 to 2021 August 4, 2022
From 2015 to 2021, sexual transmission (94 per cent) was the main risk factor for new HIV infections that were reported to the Ministry of Health, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
Government Has No Intention Of Introducing Menstrual Leave In Malaysia August 2, 2022
The leave available is already sufficient, says Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Siti Zailah.
Local Pharmacy Chain Says Proper Medication Intake During Breastfeeding Is Essential July 29, 2022
Breast milk naturally comes with nutrition that can protect against diseases and potentially allow infants to acquire antibodies.
Less Than 6% Of Applications Approved From Children Born Abroad To Malaysian Mothers July 28, 2022
Since 2013, the government has received 30,939 citizenship applications from individuals born overseas to Malaysian fathers, and 4,901 citizenship applications from individuals born overseas to Malaysian mothers.
Child Marriages in Malaysia Down By Almost 40% Over Last 2 Years July 27, 2022
Majority of child marriages involve Muslim children, with the number increasing from 83 per cent in 2018 to 92 per cent in 2020.
Social Security Scheme For Housewives Approved By Dewan Rakyat July 26, 2022
MPs propose that the definition of housewife under the Housewives Social Security Act be expanded to include househusbands; presumed monthly income of RM600 for housewives is insulting, says Hannah Yeoh.
247 Deaths At Malaysian Immigration Depots From 2021 to July 2022 July 25, 2022
3,217 women and 1,764 children have been held in immigration depots throughout the country up to July 12 this year.
Child Marriage Cuts Childhoods Short July 22, 2022
The minimum age of marriage must be 18 years with or without parental consent and with no exceptions, says Unicef.
Parliament Finally Passes Sexual Harassment Bill After Decades July 21, 2022
The bill allows for the establishment of a tribunal to deliberate sexual harassment complaints, and provides a mechanism for anyone who has been sexually harassed to seek redress.
Adeeba: Rights-Based Approach Key To Ending HIV/AIDS Epidemic By 2030 July 18, 2022
The marginalisation of people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, sex workers, prisoners, and transgender people is a major barrier to HIV services, says Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman.
Malaysia’s Gender Gap Ranks Among Worst In Asean July 15, 2022
Malaysia ranked 103rd of 146 countries in WEF’s Global Gender Gap 2022, higher only than Brunei and Myanmar in the region.
Ministry Of Finance, Gender Budget Group Launch Gender-Responsive Budgeting Training Programme July 13, 2022
In preparation for the national budget, MOF’s annual budget circular to ministries outlined gender analysis as a key requirement.
Malaysia Rejects UN Mandate For LGBT Protection From Violence, Discrimination July 12, 2022
Malaysia voted against a UN Human Rights Council resolution that was adopted to extend the mandate of the Independent Expert on protection from violence and discrimination related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Solution To Baby Dumping Is Women In Power July 8, 2022
If Malaysia wants to stop teen pregnancies, it could start by putting more women in Parliament.
‘If Men Could Get Pregnant, Contraception And Abortion Would Be Available Everywhere’ June 30, 2022
Health experts urge boys and men to get involved in issues of sexual and reproductive health and unintended pregnancies.
Child Stunting Highest In East Coast and Putrajaya June 28, 2022
The Health Ministry’s #AnakMalaysiaSihat media programme seeks to raise awareness about child stunting and nutrition in a child’s first 1,000 days of life.
Transgender Group Launches New Drop-In Centre For The Socially Excluded, Underprivileged, Marginalised June 27, 2022
SEED Foundation’s Flip the Script campaign aims to improve society’s interactions with transgender people through depictions of kindness, consideration and tolerance.
UN Told That Malaysia Protects Women’s Rights, While Opposing Protection Against Gender Discrimination June 24, 2022
The Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the UN told the Human Rights Council that Malaysia believes in promoting and protecting the rights of women and girls.
Maqasid Syariah Permits Abortion, Says Islamic Group Wafiq June 24, 2022
A woman’s well-being supersedes her pregnancy and she should be allowed to terminate it if it will cause her harm, says Wafiq president Dr Rafidah Hanim Mokhtar.
Aurelius Healthcare Launches Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Campaign To Benefit Orang Asli Community And Educational Institutions June 22, 2022
The #RespectMyCycle campaign includes a collaboration with the Department of Environment to encourage proper disposal of menstrual hygiene products.
Safe Abortions Are Legal In Malaysia, But Accessible Only To The Rich June 17, 2022
RRAAM president Dr Subatra Jayaraj says accessible and affordable abortions must be made available to all women in Malaysia; WAO’s Yu Ren Chung says evidence, time, and leadership are necessary for successful advocacy.
OBGYN: Sex Education Begins At Home June 16, 2022
UMSC’s Dr Aizura Syafinaz says parents are responsible for talking about sex with their children openly; at school, teachers should educate girls and boys about sex together, rather than separately.
KAO Laurier Malaysia Launches ‘School Of Confidence’ Empowerment Series For Teenage Girls June 14, 2022
Messages from inspiring young women aim to motivate girls to navigate life confidently and pursue higher education goals with education fund incentive.
MOH Official Says Government Facilities Provide Abortion Services June 14, 2022
MOH’s family health development division cites the Termination of Pregnancy guidelines and says public clinics are more accessible now, with increasing visits from unmarried young women.
Youth Activists: Make Sexual And Reproductive Health Political June 13, 2022
Qyira Yusri tells politicians not to just talk about corruption, but also sexual & reproductive health and rights; activist Fara Rom says boys and men must be involved in reproductive health.
Subang Jaya Rep Shares Her Experience With Postpartum Blues June 10, 2022
“You are not weak if you struggle with mental health. You did not ask for it. It is an illness, and it is okay to seek help,” says Michelle Ng.
Employment Amendment Act Still Not Enforced A Month After Gazettement June 10, 2022
Even though the Employment (Amendment) Act 2022 was gazetted on May 10, the HR Ministry still hasn’t enforced it or extended coverage of the law to all workers across wage levels.
Virgins Can Absolutely Use Tampons June 3, 2022
Smashing five period myths this Menstrual Awareness Month, like the myth about tampons breaking your hymen.
People Who Need Abortions In Malaysia: From Married Couples To Migrant Workers June 2, 2022
RRAAM says abortion laws must protect vulnerable groups who need to terminate pregnancy, such as migrant workers, sex workers, trans men, and child brides.
IJN Embraces Health Digitalisation To Address Medication Non-Adherence June 1, 2022
IJN has introduced a new mobile app called CareAid, developed in collaboration with CaringUp, which functions as a compliance platform to help improve medication non-adherence.
Circle Of Hope Offers Training, Support For Mental Health Caregivers May 31, 2022
The Circle of Hope comprises a group of trainers who will train caregivers of mental health patients by upgrading their knowledge on mental illness and equipping them to support the patients’ journey towards rehabilitation and recovery.
Lawyer: Women, Doctors Risk Prosecution With Malaysia’s Vague Abortion Law May 27, 2022
Although there are exceptions to the law under the Penal Code, abortions are generally prohibited in Malaysia and only permitted as a last resort, says a legal expert.
Azalina: Give Girls And Women The Right To Own Their Bodies May 24, 2022
We need non-judgmental legal and social support services which do not moralise or prosecute individuals for actions resulting in unintended pregnancies, like sex out of wedlock.
Access To Contraceptives Is Essential, Says Women’s Ministry May 23, 2022
KPWKM secretary-general Maziah Che Yusoff says LPPKN is seeking to change public perception that reproductive health education is controversial.
MOE Forms School Sexual Harassment And Bullying Task Force May 20, 2022
The eight-member special committee is headed by former Education Ministry director-general Habibah Abdul Rahim.
Government Claims Female Circumcision Not Harmful: Cedaw Report May 18, 2022
In its report to the UN’s Cedaw, the Malaysian government said it regularly consults with religious authorities, medical experts, and civil society to improve understanding about female circumcision.
Malaysian Women Earn 96 Sen For Every RM1 Earned By Men May 17, 2022
According to Malaysia’s report to Cedaw, women’s participation in the workforce has stagnated at about 55% since January 2020.
MP: Fund Police Sexual Crime Unit Now To Combat Child Porn Rise May 16, 2022
Kasthuri Patto questions the status of the RM13mil fund for PDRM’s D11 unit, after Bukit Aman revealed the jump in online child porn from 46 IP addresses in 2017 to 14,385 in the first three months of 2022.
Cedaw Report: Malaysia Still Lacks Women Leaders In Politics, Government May 12, 2022
According to Malaysia’s sixth periodic report to the UN’s Cedaw, women form less than 20% of the Cabinet, Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara, and local councillors.
Malaysia Tops Women’s Board Representation In Asia At 24% May 11, 2022
The industries with the highest percentage of women on their company boards include energy and resources (28%), financial services (26%), and life sciences and health care (24%).
AWAM Records Rising Trend Of Violence Against Women In 2022 May 9, 2022
From January to March 2022, AWAM recorded over 200 cases involving domestic violence, sexual harassment, rape, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and mental health, among others.
Survey Shows Malaysian Pregnant Women Unaware Of Tdap, Flu Jabs April 29, 2022
Immunise4Life urges mothers-to-be to get the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy to protect themselves and their newborn from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, as well as flu shots.
Government Moots Fortifying Wheat Flour To Protect Women, Unborn Babies April 27, 2022
Khairy Jamaluddin says mandatory and standardised fortification of wheat flour with iron and folic acid can help prevent anaemia among women and birth defects.
How Malaysia Fails Pregnant Teens, Child Brides April 26, 2022
Clinicians say vasectomy for men should be the first choice for permanent contraception as it’s easier, cheaper, and safer than having women’s tubes tied.
Don’t Impose Personal Beliefs On Patients, Women Have Bodily Autonomy April 25, 2022
All staff in a health care facility, from security to the receptionist, nurse, doctor, and pharmacist, must be trained to be non-judgemental towards female patients, say experts.
Masturbation Is Healthy, Virginity A Social Construct: Experts April 22, 2022
Sexual and reproductive health advocates call for open discussions of sex and the human body so that young people can get correct information, proper medical diagnosis, and treatment.
WAO Launches New Child Care Centre For Child Victims Of Domestic Violence April 22, 2022
The new child care centre will provide specialised counselling to traumatised children and provide a safe space for them to thrive.
Unrealistic Beauty Ideals Contribute To Eating Disorders Among Gay Men April 21, 2022
Gay men are are susceptible to eating disorders because of unrealistic projections of beauty in the media and adult entertainment, says a Malaysian LGBT+ activist.
Transgender Malaysians Forced To Spend Out Of Pocket For Health Care April 20, 2022
The Malaysian transgender community is often denied prescriptions for hormone therapy at public health clinics, while most insurance companies don’t cover trans people.
LGBT Malaysians Aren’t Just ‘HIV Statistics’ April 18, 2022
The Malaysian LGBTQIA community says that even with HIV being the only type of care “approved” by MOH for them, they still face discrimination in accessing testing and PrEP, a medicine that prevents HIV.
A Family’s Mental Health Issues Cut Across Generations April 15, 2022
Consistent evidence demonstrates that parental mental disorder affects almost every aspect of their child’s development, says a counsellor.
Old Age No Barrier To Good Sex April 14, 2022
Many older couples find greater satisfaction in their sex lives than they do when they were younger, says an O&G specialist.
Telemedicine Challenges In Rural Negeri Sembilan: Inconvenient Locations, Device Sharing April 13, 2022
A rehab doctor serving Kuala Pilah and Jempol says teleconsults sometimes take place at paddy fields with poor connectivity; a family of five shares one device.