Country / Region profile of: Malaysia

Many of the obstacles facing Malaysia disproportionately affect women. These include endemic poverty, human trafficking, unrest, crime and a resurgent Islamic movement. Malaysia acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1995. It ranks 104 out of 144 countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Malaysia signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 25 September 2013 but has not yet ratified.  During the 2017 October Open Debate, Malaysia did not give a statement. In 2017, $3.49 bln was spent by Malaysia on its military; however, they have not developed a National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000).  Malaysia has made strides in educational attainment of women, their increased labour force participation in higher paying occupations, their greater involvement in business activities, and their improved health status. Despite these advancements, women remain unequal to men in measures of economic participation, opportunity and political empowerment. 

"I believe in a God that is kind, just and compassionate. So anything done in the name of Islam must be just and compassionate. It is as simple as that. We are doing this because as Muslims, we do not want to have to abandon our faith in order to be a democrat, a feminist, a human rights defender. We believe that equality, fundamental liberties, freedom of religion, gender justice and so on, do not contradict the teachings of Islam." - Zainah Anwar


$ 3,495,000,000
Military expenditure
Malaysia spends USD$3,495,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Clean water for schools
This amount could strengthen girls health by building millions of clean drinking water and hand-washing stations in schools
NAP 1325
Malaysia does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments