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The Big Question

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By Daniella Zulkifili

When I was 22 years old, I had a vision of what I would be at 25. I would be married to my then-boyfriend, have a daughter named Annabelle, and be a superstar lawyer-mom. I’d graduate, go through pupilage, get called to the Bar and then maybe get married after 2 years or so in practice. And then we’d all live happily ever after.

But that didn’t happen. We broke up not too long after I graduated law school, and although it hurt, I’m glad we did because I realise now that that relationship was just not meant to be (don’t worry, we’re still best friends). I have since left the legal profession, and I now realise that Annabelle might not be a good name for my child because it reminds me of that creepy doll movie. And what did I think was going to happen after 25? Surely marriage and children can’t be the end game.

Think Before You Speak

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By Daniella Zulkifli

On the 8th of March this year, women and men all over the world celebrated International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is #PledgeforParity – a call to action to encourage people from all walks of life to help achieve gender parity. Here in Malaysia, Dato Sri Rohani Abdul Karim, Minister of Women, Family and Community Development spoke about how the Government acknowledges the involvement and contribution by women in the nation’s development. All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) released a press statement advocating for a feminist world.

But gender equality and gender parity cannot be achieved without first acknowledging the difference between “sex” and “gender”, and what these terms mean.


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