Gender Equality

What About Battered Husbands?

In recent months, there has been a lot of talk about the abuse of women and children amid the pandemic as many countries had imposed virus lockdowns. The Southeast Asian region is no exception. The ASEAN Post has published numerous articles on this topic as well as women empowerment and gender equality.

7 June 2020

Philippines’ abused husbands

There has been a lot of talk about the abuse of women and children whether physically or sexually, especially in the Southeast Asian region. The ASEAN Post has published numerous articles on this topic as well as women empowerment and gender equality. But is there another side to the abused coin?Earlier this month, a lawmaker in the Philippines filed a bill that would protect spouses and partners in intimate relationships – regardless of gender – against domestic violence.

6 June 2020

Is Malaysia serious about sexual harassment?

Last month, the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) called for the Malaysian government to commit to a clear timeline to table the Sexual Harassment Bill after it was delayed. The bill covers protection mechanisms and processes, counselling, organisational responsibilities and the establishment of a tribunal.A sexual harassment law would provide a clear definition of prohibitive conduct and outline the seriousness of the violation.

1 June 2020

Giving Lao’s Girls A Better Future

Over the years, there have been more girls attending schools and completing their studies with many focusing on their careers and a bright future. Girls are also leading global movements on issues ranging from climate change and poverty to gender-based violence and child marriages, proving themselves to be unstoppable. In Lao PDR, youths below the age of 25 make up more than half of the country’s population.

10 May 2020

Is ASEAN’s labour market ready for the future?

The increasing incorporation of technology into modern day workplaces has thrown a spanner in the works especially with the looming risks of jobs being lost to automation and artificial intelligence (AI) – effectively rendering old skills obsolete.

21 March 2020

Indonesian businesses lack culture of equality

Leading global professional services company, Accenture, recently released a report on the perception of equality held by leaders and employees. The report found that a significant gap exists between the way leaders and employees view progress towards equality in their organisations. The findings are based on a global survey of more than 30,000 professionals in 28 countries including Indonesia.

16 March 2020

Forging a gender equal world

Everywhere around the world, nations are gearing up for peaceful rallies and activities in conjunction with International Women’s Day (IWD) this Sunday, 8 March. The campaign theme for this year’s IWD is #EachforEqual. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), the core message of the theme is to have “an equal world in an enabled world”.

6 March 2020

Women are taking digital markets by storm

According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2020 by the World Economic Forum (WEF), it will take another 163 years for East Asia and the Pacific region to reach gender parity at its current rate.

6 March 2020

ASEAN fathers need paternity leave

It is a universal assumption that mothers are the ones who take care of children, but more fathers are now taking time off to look after their new-born babies and their partners, soon after childbirth.

24 February 2020

What’s at stake for women’s rights in 2020?

From United States (US) Republicans’ effort to get the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a woman’s right to an abortion, to Poland’s increased restrictions on access to emergency contraception, to Brazil’s clampdown on sexual health education, this is a difficult time for women. But if the global feminist movement has proved anything over the years, it is that it can overcome powerful resistance to defend the rights of marginalised groups.

2 February 2020