The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global economic shock of a magnitude unprecedented in modern times. How governments will respond to the economic crisis will have far-reaching consequences for political participation and inclusion in the longer term. Times of crisis such as this are often worse for women as they are more likely to have vulnerable jobs, to work in the informal sector, to lack of social protection and to have less access to financial resources. How do government institutions address the gender inequality issues?
Continuing our online discussion series on the impacts and inequalities caused and exacerbated by the pandemic and to give voice to advocates from across Malaysia, we explore the role of Parliamentary oversight via women’s select committee and the crucial need to have a women’s select committee in Malaysia and Maldives. Drawing insights and experiences from the United Kingdom may help to provide a clearer understanding on how and why a gender select committee matters not only in COVID-19 democracies but beyond the pandemic.
Sharing the experiences of other Commonwealth countries-challenges and successes-provides an opportunity for the government to respond to the issues surrounding gender inequality especially as the COVID-19 pandemic remains critical.
Matthew Hedges, Regional Asia Director, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, United Kingdom
Maria Miller, MP for Basingstoke & former Chair, Women and Equalities Committee, United Kingdom
Fahmi Fadzil, MP for Lembah Pantai and Member of the former Select Committee on Gender Equality and Family Development, Malaysia
Mariam Keating, Clerk, Women and Equalities Select Committee, United Kingdom
Jeehan Mahmood, MP for Hinnavaru and Chairperson of Human Rights and Gender Committee, Republic of Maldives
- Karen Lai, women’s human rights activist , Malaysia (facilitator)
- Who:WFD Malaysia and WFD Maldives
- When:1 October