Monday, June 29, 2015

Gender Equality Initiative Debate Competition at INTI International University on 16 June 2015


The Association of Women Lawyers together with the Bar Council and in collaboration with INTI International University, Taylor's University, Advance Tertiary College, Brickfields Asia College, HELP University and KDU banded together again for the Gender Equality Initiative (GEI) by organising a Debate Competition at INTI International University on 16 June 2015.

 The event began with a welcoming note by the INTI Law Faculty Dean, Dr. Jagdeep Singh, followed by an opening address by AWL's Treasurer, Ida Daniella Zulkifili.

The theme of this debate competition is 'gender equality', which encompasses issues such as:-
i) gender based discrimination at the workplace, politics and in the education system;
ii) discrimination against people who identify themselves as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT);
iii) the difference between sex and gender; and
iv) feminism in the modern world.

A total of 8 teams participated in the Debate Competition, which saw the students arguing on 3 motions:-

(i) Preliminary Round - This House Believes That Imposing A Minimum Quota for Participation of Women in Parliament Will Not Help Achieve Gender Equality

(ii) Semi Final Round - This House Believes That Traditional Gender Roles are Inherently Damaging to Social Equality

(iii) Final Round - This House Believes that Gender Equality Is A Myth

After a gruelling series of debates, INTI International University emerged as champion of the GEI Debate Competition 2015. Taylor's University followed closely as the runner-up. Patricia Chong Su Yiin of INTI International University was declared the Best Overall Debater while Joash Nicholas Ong of Taylor's University was named as the Best Debater in the Final Round.
AWL would like to congratulate all participants and hope that the students would continue to advocate for gender equality, be it within or outside campus.

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