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Activist Irene Fernandez Dies

The Tenaganita co-founder suffered a heart failure

By Anucyia Victor | Published: 31 Mar 2014

Irene Fernandez Dies
Photo: Irene Fernandez

Former PKR vice-president and Tenaganita co-founder and director Dr. Irene Fernandez passed away this morning. She was 67 years old.

Irene suffered a heart failure last Tuesday (25 March) and was admitted to the Coronary Care Unit at Serdang Hospital. “She put up a fight, but her heart gave way,” said Irene’s younger sister and co-activist Aegile said to The Star.

A well-known humanitarian, Irene founded Tenaganita in 1991 and has been a vocal champion of exploited women and migrant workers for over three decades.

The NGO was formed to highlight the struggles of women workers in Malaysian plantations and in the industrial sector. Since its conception the organisation has evolved addresses issues of exploitation, discrimination and violence not just against women but against all marginalised communities. 

Irene leaves behind a son and two daughters. 


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