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Rights and Gender Equality Select Committee moves forward


The third meeting of Rights and Gender Equality Select Committee of the Parliament of Malaysia has discussed a brief report of the committee's visit to Westminster, London to better understand the laws relating to gender sensitivity.

Committee chairman Nor Azrina Surip said the visit was followed by a study visit to Westminster organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) of the United Kingdom to gain exposure to enhance the expertise and integrity of the Malaysian Parliament.

Following the visit, the committee will hold meetings with several NGO representatives, Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) and the National Council of Women's Organisations (NCWO) representing more than 100 women's organisations from all over Malaysia.

The meeting will discuss common measures involving the Parliamentary and Civil Society Committee, said a statement issued by the Malaysian Parliament here today.

The meeting, which was held on Tuesday, also agreed to hold talks to discuss the distribution of duties on key issues as well as discussions on previous "Gender Sensitive Parliamentary Audit", which had never been done before this.

Those present at the meeting were Klang Member of Parliament Charles Anthony Santiago, Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil (Lembah Pantai), Kasthuriraani Patto (Batu Kawan), Ma'mun Sulaiman (Kalabakan), Mastura Mohd Yazid (Kuala Kangsar) and Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (Rantau Panjang).

Nor Azrina, who is also MP for Merbok, said the meeting was also attended by permanent representatives from the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Attorney General's Chambers, The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) and the Ministry of Finance.

- Bernama

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