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Seminar on Gender and Literacy in Sabah

Eliminating the Gap

This seminar aimed to tackle Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 which seeks to provide quality education, SDG 5 that promotes gender equality, and SDG 10 which purports to reduce inequalities. It is a widely known fact that disparity in gender is largely due to lack of access to education which ultimately affects levels of literacy. Even though in Malaysia, youth literacy as well as adult literacy has significantly improved over the years, there are still concerns on literacy in legal, social and cultural issues.

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From left: Wolfgang Hruschka, Country Director of KAS Malaysia; Dr. Dayang Suria Hj Mulia, Senior Lecturer of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS); Datuk Dr. Johan Ariffin b. Abd Samad, Chief Executive Officer of Institute for Development Studies (Sabah); Tan Sri Simon Sipaun, Chairman of Institute for Development Studies (Sabah); and Jannie Lasimbang, Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Laws and Native Affairs.



  • Legal literacy and the Labour Rights of Women Workers in Sabah
  • Women Rights under Syariah Law: Towards Achieving Gender Parity
  • Literacy in Social Issues/ Health Literacy
  • Gender gaps in Cultural and/or Arts Studies: Tilting the Balance
  • Entrepreneurial Literacy and Gender Gap: Towards Empowering Women in Malaysia
  • Literacy in Inclusions of Ethnic Minority in Sabah
  • Labour Act

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Kota Kinabalu

Wolfgang Hruschka †

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Institute for Development Studies (IDS)