On 8 March, the international community celebrates International Women’s Day to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women.
Malaysia too has observed this, with the Prime Minister Ismail Sabri himself taking to social media to show his gratitude and appreciation to all women. “A woman’s sacrifice cannot be rivalled. They are the hopes of a nation and play a big role in an organisation as well as play a part in a country’s success,” he wrote.
Selamat Hari Wanita Sedunia.— Ismail Sabri (@IsmailSabri60) March 8, 2022
Pengorbanan wanita tiada noktah dan tandingannya.
Wanita adalah harapan bangsa, berperanan besar dalam sesebuah organisasi dan menyumbang kepada kejayaan negara. pic.twitter.com/mGugBVqNlr
The poster accompanying his statement showed a woman fixing his shirt buttons.
However, netizens slammed Ismail for his sexist comment and criticised him for the ‘insensitive’ poster on International Women’s Day.
Many said that the poster is simply enforcing the typical gender stereotypes that exist.
“Ladies. I’m here to remind you that our roles are not just wives… so do learn to button your clothes yourself.” a netizen commented.
“But looking at the picture it seems as if you’re celebrating yourself. Are you a woman?” another user said.
Meanwhile, the former Deputy Minister Women, Family and Community Development, Hannah Yeoh also expressed her disagreement with the choice of image used in the poster. “Understand the theme this year please.” she wrote.
Do you think that Malaysians have overreacted or this is just another gender stereotype case? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!