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National Congress of Muslim Women Leadership 2014

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The National Congress of Muslim Women Leadership 2014, with the theme of "Women's Leadership Drives the Transformation of Ummah" was successfully organised by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) and Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) on 19 March, 2014 at IKIM.  The opening ceremony was officiated by YB Major General Dato’ Seri Jamil Khir B. Hj. Baharom (R), Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, who also delivered the keynote address.

Three papers were presented:

  1. Women: Lead or Led by Che Asmah binti Ibrahim, Deputy Head of the Organisation of Women, IKRAM,  Malaysia;
  2. Discourse on Gender Equality: Confused Muslim Feminists by Dr. Khalif Muammar A. Harris, a lecturer from University Technology Malaysia; and
  3. Women’s Leadership Issues at Global Settings by Prof. Dr. Raihanah Hj Abdullah, Deputy Dean, Research Centre, Department of Syariah and Law, Academy of Islamic Studies, University Malaya.

In addition a forum titled, “Women and the Challenges of Secularism" was held. Panel members included Professor Dr. Hayaati Sharifah binti Syed Ismail, a lecturer from the University of Malaya; Dato' Dr. Siti Norlasiah binti Ismail, Director General of the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) and Dr. Asyraf Wajdi bin Datuk Haji Dusuki, President of the Islamic Dakwah Foundation Malaysia (YADIM). The forum was moderated by Prof. Datin Dr. Azizan Baharuddin, Deputy Director General of IKIM.

The congress was attended by three hundred participants comprising senior women officers from government ministries and agencies, statutory bodies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as representatives and students from local universities.  IDFR was represented by Ms Hajah Kamariah Jaafar, Deputy Director of Library.

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Reported by: Ms Hajah Kamariah Jaafar
Library Section

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