Women’s representation in politics is making progressive strides under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government. Among the 55 Cabinet members, the coalition now boasts five women ministers, including Malaysia’s first female deputy prime minister, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and four women deputy ministers.
But ensuring that “at least 30% of policymakers appointed at all levels are women” remains a tall order – the women quota currently sits at only 16%. “Women’s participation in local politics is still very low, and it’s a challenge not only for Malaysia, but worldwide. Globally, only 23.8% of parliamentarians are women,” says Lim Siew Khim, state Wanita DAP chief and state assemblywoman for Sungai Pinang.
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