MALAYSIA: GOVT SHOULD PROHIBIT POLICING WOMEN’S CLOTHINGWOMEN’S AID ORGANISATION (WAO)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia The government should prohibit employers dismissing or refusing to hire women based on their attire, instead of creating policies to dictate how women should dress.

Communications Officer of Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Tan Heang-Lee said the obsession to control what women wear must stop right now.

We reject efforts to police women’s clothing and restrict women’s freedom of expression as such policies are also extremely sexist, she said in a statement here yesterday.

Tan said this in response to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa who was quoted as saying Monday that the government was working on a dress code for Muslim women in the private sector.

She added that the government should instead focus on more substantive issues, such as to ensure parents have access to affordable childcare, increasing women’s labour force participation and enacting a Sexual Harassment Act and a Gender Equality Act.

Source: NAM News Network