Orang Asli Women of Malaysia: Perceptions, Situations & Aspirations
Authors: Adela Baer, Karen Endicott, Rosemary Gianno, Signe Howell, Barbara S. Nowak, Cornelia van der Sluys
Publisher: Center For Orang Asli Concerns
Orang Asli women once had important responsibilities and functions that are now labeled 'male-only'. This discrimination spread throughout Orang Asli society during the last few centuries as Orang Asli came into contact with male-dominated cultures and internalized these alien norms for gender roles.
It is the stealthy, relentless erosion of Orang Asli life in general, and the life of Orang Asli women in particular, that provides a true account of the problems of Orang Asli life today.
This book provides the context in which the 'ordinary' problems of Orang Asli women can be seen to be, in reality, severe. These problems are not only meaningful to them. When we think carefully about this issue, we may safely conclude that the problems of Orang Asli women, while extreme, highlight problems that can beset other women in Malaysia, and indeed elsewhere. These problems typically arise from a failure to achieve needed reforms in old institutions.
The views of a variety of writers on Orang Asli women are presented in this book. From these writings, and also from what Orang Asli women themselves have said, we can explore key features of Orang Asli women's lives in the past, the present, and what this means for the future.
- Orang Asli women in history: Part I
- Orang Asli women in history: Part II
- Are the Jahai a non-violent people?
- Under her wings: Portrait of a Batek leader
- Chewong women in transition: The effects of monetization on a hunter-gatherer society
- What happened to the female midwives? Gender, childbirth, and change in Semelai society
- The health of Orang Asli women
- A story of Btsisi' women in marriage and the household