Most people see that women in Malaysia are able to go out to work, and so reject the data on the gender wage gap, and do not understand why women would dare demand for “equal pay” or more specifically, “equal pay for work of equal value”. The undervaluing of women as workers worsens when the work is associated with household work and household-type of work — the cooking, the cleaning, and the caregiving. Not only is the work undervalued but women’s work experience in these types of work is similarly undervalued.

For the second episode of GOSSIP, together with our guest speakers, we raise questions on common assumptions and misperceptions about women workers and the value of their work, the challenges on the ground, and how do we move forward. Find out what the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed about the sustainability and resilience of our economy, and the essential driver that advances the development of any country.

Host: Angela M. Kuga Thas, KRYSS Network

Guest Speakers: Nur Thuraya Sazali and Siti Aiysyah Tumin, researchers with Khazanah Research Institute, and; Chong Yee Shan, a member of the central committee of PSM and works with the National Union of Workers in Hospital Support and Allied Services (NUWHSAS) for better labour rights

Producer: KRYSS Network

These are the personal opinions of the speakers and does not necessarily represent the views of their organisations or institutions.