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Women's March KL receives backlash, some Malaysians think it's a Western trend

Evidence that the fight for women's rights doesn't stop here

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 13 Mar 2017

Women's March KL
Photo: Ezrena Marwan/Twitter

On Saturday, 11 March, a crowd of Malaysian women and men took to the street in front of Sogo, Kuala Lumpur to march for women's rights. It was an event put together by Gerakan Pembebasan Wanita and Sosialis Alternatif. They made a small group (in comparison to the crowds at Washington D.C, but baby steps!) but it was a passionate gathering – as you can tell by the handmade signs.

The march garnered plenty of positive feedback from netizens who were unable to join but it wasn't without its fair share of backlash from both men and women alike. "Can anyone explain to me what the exact motive of #WomensMarchKL is? Are you just doing it to keep up with the western feminists?", a Twitter user said.

Another user said, "Show feminism the right way. My opinion is #womensmarchkl is pointless and it's rubbish. I mean girl what you tryna say???"

Others chose to highlight that equality for both genders is unachievable when there are designated parking lots meant for only women in Malaysia.

There were also those who thought feminists were trying to assert their superiority over men.

Despite the backlash the march has received, there are still a number of people who believe that this is only the first step in the bid for equity and gender equality for every Malaysian.

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