MWGF 2020 Theme
Malaysia's Women & Girls at the Heart of COVID-19 Recovery.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only impacted the socio-economic aspects of Malaysia but it has also revealed fundamental gaps when it comes to the welfare and wellbeing of the country's women & girls. Making up over half the population along with the highest levels of graduates, Malaysia's women can play an instrumental part in guiding and speeding up Malaysia's recovery.
In order to make this a reality, it is important to concentrate on bridging gaps in terms of, economic parity, social & policy reforms, legislation, sexual & reproductive health rights, awareness drives as well as equitable funding.
About Malaysia Women & Girls Forum
MWGF is an annual event that brings together multiple stakeholders involved in the social
and economic advancement of women and girls in Malaysia. The forum identifies, engages
and tracks key social, economic and legislative changes that are needed to accelerate the
rights and well-being of Malaysia’s women and girls. A mid-year review will be conducted
with stakeholders (smaller version of the main event) to ascertain the progress,
developments and updating the agenda for the main event.
MWGF is open to the public with panelists and speakers from the civil, non-governmental,
academic, legislative, youth, public and private sectors representations respectively.
The Forum will be executed by its own secretariat (appointed by UNFPA on behalf of the UN
Gender Results Group).
MWGF aims to be the bridge that connects the public, civil society and policy stakeholders
in rapidly advancing the necessary social, economic and political solutions needed for
Malaysia’s women and girls.
Funded and supported by the UN and UNFPA Malaysia, MWGF collectively amplifies, tracks
and provides proactive recommendations and solutions on the progress of advancing the
rights and wellbeing of the Malaysia’s women and girls.
1. Building towards the 2030 SDGs
2. Attaining Gender Equality
3. Ending Gender-based violence and Harmful Practices
4. Ending Unmet Need for Family Planning
5. Ending preventable Maternal death
6. Attaining full potential of young people
MWGF also provides opportunities for public engagement throughout the year as it reminds
stakeholders and the public about its last resolution and building towards the next Forum.
In 1994, the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo (ICPD)
articulated and affirmed the relationship between advancement and fulfilment of rights and
gender equality and equity. It also clarified the concepts of women’s empowerment, gender
equity, and reproductive health and rights. The Programme of Action of ICPD asserted that
the empowerment and autonomy of women and the improvement of their political, social,
economic and health status was a highly important end in itself, as well as essential for the
achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was adopted by 179 Member
States including Malaysia.
In 1995, the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing generated global commitments
to advance a wider range of women’s rights. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
adopted in 2015 reaffirmed this commitment with the inclusion of gender equality and
women’s empowerment as SDG 5. This is a reminder that many of those promises have yet
to be kept. SDG 5 recalls that gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a
necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
In the efforts to implement those promises, UNFPA on behalf of the United Nations, as lead
of the UN Gender Results Group has conceptualized the establishment of an independent
platform namely the Malaysia Women and Girls Forum (MWGF) to enable an annual review
of the progress of Malaysian women and girls.