Saturday, June 28, 2008

Protection of Muslim Womens' Rights

From Malaysia's "The Star":
"Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has ordered the setting up of a special secretariat to formulate strategies, visions and development programmes for Muslim women and families.

The Prime Minister, who is aware of the many challenges faced by Muslim women and their children when facing legal matters, wanted the secretariat to address these problems so that their rights will be protected.

Abdullah ordered for the secretariat to be established during a dialogue session with women and Muslim welfare non-governmental organisations (NGOs) yesterday, after hearing the views and suggestions of participants.

Special Adviser to the Prime Minister for Women and Social Development Affairs Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil said this was a significant moment for women in the country, particularly Muslim women.

Shahrizat said she would work closely with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on the matter.

She said that once formulated, the strategic plan and other programmes would be submitted to the Government and other relevant parties for further action."

This subject bears further watching to see what new programs will be introduced.

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