Gender Responsive & Participatory Budgeting: Imperatives for Equitable Public Expenditure

Editor: Cecilia Ng
Format: Paperback 210 pp.
Subjects: Economics, Gender & Sexuality, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670960036
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2016
Price: RM38.00

This unique book explores the exciting new democratic spaces that open up when budgets get participatory. The experiences of gender responsive budgeting (GRB) meet the world of participatory budgeting (PB), both of which have gained traction since the 1980s. The chapters bring together GRB and PB policy makers, practitioners, researchers and civil society actors to share and review their respective journeys. The book is a valuable contribution to current debates on re-thinking GRB and PB and the need to synergize both approaches to achieve gender equality, social justice and good governance. It is relevant to professionals in government and the private sector as well as to non-governmental organizations and students in gender and development and public policy.

“The book addresses the critical issue of citizen participation through a conversation between those involved in participatory budgeting and gender responsive budgeting approaches. It is rich in case studies and offers the promise of a new direction for entwining women’s and men’s participation by building a broad-based expertise in budget analysis and good financial governance” (Rhonda Sharp).

Posted in Gender & Sexuality, Social Studies

挺同志 反歧视

Author/Editor: 欧阳文风
Format: Paperback, 92 pages
Subject: Chinese literature
ISBN: 9789670630373
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM20.00
挺同志 反歧视

Posted in Chinese Books, Gender & Sexuality

Hidup Bagaikan Sungai Mengalir: Kisah 16 Orang Wanita dalam Gerakan Anti-Jepun, Anti-Penjajah dan Kemerdekaan di Malaysia-Singapore (1938-1989)

Author: Agnes Khoo
Format: Paperback, 383 pages
Subjects: Gender & Sexuality, History
ISBN: 9789833782314
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2007
Price: RM30.00
Buku ini berkenaan bagaimana orang biasa seperti anda dan saya telah cuba mencapai sesuatu yang luar biasa dalam satu jangka masa tertentu, di bawah keadaan sosio-politik dan ekonomi yang spesifik. Ia sebuah buku tentang harapan dan aspirasi, dan juga tentang cita-cita dan dilema. Khususnya ia sebuah buku yang dipenuhi kasih sayang, yang disampaikan dengan pelbagai cara. Diharap ia akan membantu kita merenungkan diri kita senderi dengan sikap lebih kritis dan bertanya diri sendiri: “Apakah yang kita buat dengan hidup kita?”
Posted in Gender & Sexuality, History, Malay Books

Critical Thoughts on Islam, Rights and Freedom in Malaysia

Author: Salbiah Ahmad
Format: Paperback, 405 pages
ISBN: 9789833782078
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2007
Price: RM40.00


In this collection of insightful essays, Salbiah Ahmad – lawyer, activist and writer – explores and analyses the various dynamics in Malaysia which surround and affect contemporary issues involving religion, democracy, politics, the law, human rights and gender relations. The articles contained within are a compilation of what she has authored for her column ‘Malaya!’ which has appeared in since 2001. ‘Malaya!’, the column’s name, comes from Tagalog in which it means ‘freedom’.

In producing these articles, Salbiah Ahmad skillfully combines the analytical skills of the lawyer and the experience of the seasoned activist to tackle complex ideas, making them both understandable and empowering.

Posted in English Books, Gender & Sexuality, Politics, Religion

Body That Bleeds: Menstrual Politics in Malaysia

Author: Popho E.S. Bark-Yi
Format: Paperback, 179 pages
Subject: Politics, Gender
ISBN: 9789833782178
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2007

Price: RM25.00

Although menstruation is a biological event it has been coated with many layers of cultural values and perceptions. Exploring the cultural embedment of menstruation and its meanings in relation to yet another culturally loaded term “woman”, this book explores the effects and implications when the understanding of “menstruation” is challenged.

By re-examining the cultural perceptions and stimulating discussions, it is hoped that open and active communication will pave way for the reclamation of women’s bodies by women.

Posted in English Books, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

Life as the River Flows: Women in the Malayan Anti-Colonial Struggle (An Oral History of Women from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore)

As told to, and translated by, Agnes Khoo
Editor: Richard Crisp
Format: Paperback & hardback, 312 pages
Subjects: Gender, History
ISBN: 9789832535344 (PB), 9832535352 (HB)
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2004
Price: RM50.00
This book is about how ordinary people like you and me have tried to achieve the extraordinary in a specific period of time, under specific socio-political and economic conditions. It is a book as much about hopes and aspirations as about dreams and dilemmas. It is especially a book full of love, told in so many different ways, which hopefully, will help us reflect more critically upon ourselves and ask ourselves: “What are we doing with our own lives?”
Posted in English Books, Gender & Sexuality, History

A Pioneering Step: Sexual Harassment & The Code of Practice in Malaysia

Authors: Cecilia Ng, Maria Chin Abdullah and Zanariah Mohd Nor
Format: Paperback, 213 pages
Subject: Gender & Sexuality
ISBN: 9834067615
Publisher: Women’s Development Collective & SIRD
Published: 2003
Price: RM20.00

In 1999, the Malaysian government launched the Code of Practice on the Prevention and Eradication of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. The Code, which is not legally binding, sought to encourage employers to address the serious problem of sexual harassment in the workplace by providing a comprehensive definition of workplace sexual harassment and setting out procedures and policies which employers should implement.

This book is based on a year-long study on the implementation of the Code in six selected companies in Malaysia conducted by the All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) and the Women’s Development Collective (WDC). A Pioneering Step: Sexual Harassment and the Code of Practice in Malaysia looks at issues such as the extent of sexual harassment in the six companies, definitions or perceptions of sexual harassment among employers and employers and the impact of the Code on the companies and on their staff. It is the first study to assess the Code of Practice and to attempt to identify its strengths and limitations upon implementation. In presenting recommendation and identifying good practices for dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace A Pioneering Step: Sexual Harassment and the Code of Practice in Malaysia is likely to be invaluable for anyone interested in understanding and addressing sexual harassment in Malaysia.

Posted in English Books, Gender & Sexuality