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Women's Political Voice in Asean
Sharing a Common Vision
Edited By Kao Kim Hourn & Norbert Von Hofmann
ASEAN Academic Press
149 pages, 5 7/8" x 8 7/8"
Women in Southeast Asia play an instrumental role in the various aspects of
both political and non-political life. And as the region moves closer towards
full integration of all ten Southeast Asian nations, there is a need to pay
closer attention to the role and voice of women at various decision-making levels.
Asean can only be enhanced and empowered if women in this region can be united
to participate more fully in the decision making process. Asian women are often
negatively portrayed in the media. The media does very little to portray women
as agents of change. This book will contribute to the ongoing dialogue on women
in politics, especially in the Asean region. Though there do not exist considerable
activity of networking amongst women, especially amongst non-governmental organizations,
in the region, there are still not enough women representatives in high political
positions to push forward women's issues. Furthermore, solidarity amongst female
politicians of different political parties at the national level and cooperation
at and amongst government and non-governmental levels has to be improved before
their voice is heard loud and clear.