The number of Malaysian women who are heads of their households proves statement that women cannot even lead a family is false, says EMPOWER.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian human and women’s rights NGO, EMPOWER, has criticised Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary, the independent candidate for the Kuala Kangsar seat, for saying that women are not fit for leadership.
The NGO pointed out that according to a report by the Statistics Department, 800,000 women function as the head of their households, countering his statement that women cannot even lead a family.
“The statement recently made by Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary, the independent candidate for the Kuala Kangsar by-election, that women are not fit for leadership is disappointing,” said EMPOWER president Janarthani Arumugam in a statement today.
“There are many female leaders, not just in global and Islamic history, but also today.”
Izat Bukhary had said: “Men need to be leaders, not women. If they cannot even lead a family, how can they handle something even bigger?”
EMPOWER pointed out that 23 of the 222 seats in Parliament and 64 of 576 state assembly seats are occupied by women.
“Female involvement in the civil service sector has also increased, in 2015 alone reaching 723,848 women compared with 542,910 men, according to a report by the Ministry of Human Resources,” Janarthani said.
“This clearly shows that women are capable of being leaders and have contributed greatly to the nation’s economy and politics.
“As long as female involvement faces opposition in the political scene and in the formation of national policies and development programmes, Malaysia will continue to fall behind.”
Izat Bukhary’s remark had also previously drawn criticism from Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir.
“It is not a good gesture when (one is) undermining other people’s ability, especially the women (PAS or Barisan Nasional candidates) in the by-election,” Zambry had said.
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