Why I chose to become a parliamentarian: From civil action to national politics

While women's rights and empowerment have been promoted around the world, women parliamentarians remain underrepresented particularly in the Asia region. In collaboration with the Academy for Gender Parity and the Malaysian think-tank Institut Wanita Berdaya (IWB/Women's Empowerment Institute), the Sasakawa Peace Foundation has been carrying out various activities to increase the number of women political candidates, such as hosting online courses to nurture political leadership of women in Japan and Southeast Asia.

As part of these activities, SPF will organize an online lecture with Ms. Maria Chin Abdullah, a former activist and current Malaysian parliament member. Despite the fact that most female politicians in Southeast Asia are hereditary legislators or have close relations with large businesses, what motivated an activist like Ms. Chin, who led the Bersih (movement for Malaysian electoral system reform) and women's rights movement for a long time, to become a politician? How can politicians work toward social changes? In this lecture, Ms. Chin will answer to those questions from a unique perspective as a former activist. We look forward to welcoming you all to the event.

*This lecture will be held as part of the program of "Training for Women Political Leader" by the Academy for Gender Parity. Click here for the details of the training. 
 
Date & Time
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 10:30am~11:45am (JST)
Venue
Zoom
*Link will be sent a day before.
Organizer
Academy for Gender Parity, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Speakers
Maria Chin Abdullah, Malaysian Parliament Member

As a women’s rights activist, Maria has worked for women’s rights for over 30 years and played a key role in advocating for gender equality. Her work is grounded with the realities of the marginalised communities, low-income women and indigenous communities. She was also one of the leaders of Berih (movement for electoral and institutional reform in Malaysia). Just before Bersih 5 rally, she was detained without trial for 11-day solitary confinement. 

In May 2018, Maria became a Member of Parliament after winning the Petaling Jaya constituency seat. She is the Deputy Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group, Malaysia for SDGs (APPGM-SDGs) and a member of the Parliamentary Caucus on Reform and Governance.

Hails from Kampar, Perak, obtained BSc Applied Economics from the University of East London and MSc Urban Planning from the University of London.
 
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Program

Why I chose to become a parliamentarian:
From civil action to national politics

 
10:30
 
Opening Remarks
Representatives of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Academy for Gender Parity

Speaker Introduction
10:45 Lecture
Maria Chin Abdullah

Q&A Session
11:45 Closing
Language
Japanese & English (Simultaneous interpretation will be provided)
Other
Admission is free. Registration is required.
Reservation
If you wish to participate, please fill out the registration form by 12:00pm on Friday, November 20, 2020.
The Zoom meeting link will be sent from SPF a day before the event to those who registered.
Please make sure to put a correct email address.
*After registration, you will receive a temporary registration confirmation email. Please click the registration completion URL in the email within 24 hours of receiving it to finalize your registration.
Contact
Asia Peace Initiatives Department (Akiko Horiba, Nami Yokogi)
E-mail: asiapeace@spf.or.jp
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