Dark days for the fairer sex


Far from equal: Egyptian women displaying their ink-stained fingers after casting their ballot at a polling station in Egypt recently. Egypt is listed in the UN Report on Progress of the World’s Women, along with Malaysia, for having highly discriminatory family laws. — AFP

Malaysia used to have one of the most progressive Muslim family laws in the world but by 2003, we are right there at the bottom, thanks to amendments to the law which discriminated women.

IN the latest UN report on Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016, Malaysia is ignominiously lumped with Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, as countries that have maintained highly discriminatory family laws.

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