Cedaw Implementation in Malaysia: An Overview of Reservations from Islamic Perspective

  • Nadzrah Ahmad
  • Rabi’ah Aminuddin
  • Roslina Othman
  • Norzulaili Ghazali
  • Nurul Syuhada


Abstract: This study examines the extent to which CEDAW has been
implemented in Muslim countries particularly in Malaysia. Applying a
qualitative approach comprising of content and comparative analyses, the
paper seeks to understand the reservations Muslim countries have concerning
the compatibility of CEDAW’s understanding of gender equality with
the SharÊÑah’s perspective on gender and gender relations. It does this by
examining Malaysia’s implementation of CEDAW in three areas: constitution,
legal and policy based on the SharÊÑah, and CEDAW’s articles. By doing so,
the paper clarifies misconceptions regarding the SharÊÑah’s treatment of gender
related issues. This paper will also explore the different roles given to each
gender and how they are positioned in the overall worldview of Islam. The
paper concludes that both the SharÊÑah and CEDAW share the same positive
advocacy of gender equality albeit with different approaches. The differences
in approach should be respected as they underscore deep and complex creedal
and social commitments that define the different countries with their unique
cultural settings.

How to Cite
Ahmad, N., Aminuddin, R., Othman, R., Ghazali, N., & Syuhada, N. (2017). Cedaw Implementation in Malaysia: An Overview of Reservations from Islamic Perspective. Intellectual Discourse, 25(Special Is), 615-635. Retrieved from http://journals.iium.edu.my/intdiscourse/index.php/islam/article/view/1068