Mixed reaction to setting up of women's group


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 06 Feb 2003

By WANI MUTHIAH

PETALING JAYA: The move to set up the Malaysian Association of Working Women (MAWW), to be officially launched on March 1, received mixed reaction from various groups. 

MTUC vice-president Anne Khoo said such an association would only undermine worker solidarity and propagation of gender equality among the nation’s workforce. 

Khoo, who is also secretary of the Malayan Nurses Union, said the move would segregate women from the general workforce. 

“It will mean we are not together as workers but as women,” said Anne. 

Wanita MIC head Senator Jaya Partiban welcomed the effort but questioned the necessity for another organisation to champion the cause of working women. 

“Every organisation, including trades unions has a women’s wing. So we must carefully scrutinise the aims and objectives of the new association since working women were already well-represented,” she added. 

DAP deputy secretary-general Chong Eng said MAWW’s establishment was timely as there was a need for a strong voice representing the needs of working women. 

“Women elected representatives are not able to garner sufficient influence to lobby issues such as sexual harassment and child care provisions, said the Bukit Mertajam MP.  

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