Beautiful, independent and effervescent – these women prove that the only limit in life is the one you set for yourself. Here, they share their thoughts on feminism, and the values they live by.
"It's not about being superior to men. It's having the OPTION to do what we want."
The Passionate Philanthropists: Elisa Khong & Dato’ Ruby Khong
This dynamic mother and daughter duo have dedicated their life to helping the less fortunate through volunteer work via NGOs like Kechara. Dato’ Ruby is also a Special Advisor to United Nation’s World Food Program (UNWFP), and is a Project Consultant of Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC).
Thoughts on female empowerment and feminism
E: Feminism is about political, economic and social equality for both men and women. This means equal opportunity for same quality education, equal access to all levels of employment, equal participation in the political arena and equal gender wages. All members of society (and more closely, our family members) have a vital part to play, as individuals shape our general societal culture. A society that forces young girls to become wives and homemakers, hampers the progress of a large demographic. It impedes a female’s career, personal and educational growth, and the ability for them to contribute a significant role in society.
DR: To have equal rights to participate in social, religious and public activities, and have equal social status in society.
Words of wisdom
E: “Don’t wait for the light, be the light.” H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.
DR: “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Ghandi.