GEI 2016 Colloquium - Women in Leadership

On 14 June 2016, the Gender Equality Initiative (GEI), a collaboration between AWL, the Bar Council and a group of private tertiary institutions (INTI International University, Brickfields Asia College, Advance Tertiary College, Taylor’s University, Help University, University of Nottingham and Monash University) organised a Colloquium Competition with the theme of “Women in Leadership”. The event was kindly hosted by INTI International University at their beautiful campus in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan. 

The Colloquium is a continuation of the GEI activities carried on since 2015, and is the first event for the committee this year. The competition required students to prepare a research paper on a topic of their choice which resonates with the theme, “Women in Leadership”. 12 participants from various universities and colleges submitted their research papers, but only 10 made it to the final event in which they had to present their research and take part in a question & answer session.

Kathlyn Lee, AWL’s secretary gave the opening address at the event. The judges were AWL’s President Goh Siu Lin, Malaysian Bar representative Alex Netto, and JAG’s representative Thilaga Sulathireh of Justice for Sisters.

Patricia Chong Su Yin from INTI International University emerged champion in the Colloquium with her research paper entitiled “Bossy, or Being the Boss?”. Her research highlights, among others, the fact that attitudes and behaviours expressed by men and women are perceived very differently depending on their gender. Low Win Li of INTI International University was placed second while Chia Ban Moon of Taylor’s University came third.

The Colloquium was a success, and the GEI committee wishes to continue to raise awareness about gender equality and putting women in leadership positions in the events to come.