#MYSUPERFEMALE: Syar S. Alia – Arts Manager

“I want us to fight for causes beyond the personal.” – Syar

Background

Whenever this arts manager by day and writer by night has the time, Syar contributes to women’s rights organisations in Malaysia as a peer facilitator for trainings, workshops, and projects. She even has a strong portfolio of working with NGOs such as International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW), All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) and the Young Women Making Change Malaysia workshop supported by UN Women.

Women’s rights IS very important

“I went to an all-girls school and that really leveled the issue of gender for me in certain ways when I was a teenager. Because in my school, we weren’t told we couldn’t do things like lead, be smart, be tough or be sporty because we were girls. We were all students and the school expected us to live up to high standards. That helped me be confident. Besides that, I identify as a woman and I grew up around a lot of different girls and women, so fighting for women’s rights made sense. Learning more about it meant learning how to fight for the rights women who don’t share my experiences or privileges,” she says

…but so is gender equality

“Gender equality can’t exist without equality in all sectors – equality between ethnicity, religion, sexuality, classes. In my view, we live in broken and oppressive systems that perpetuate marginalization and we need to empower ourselves and those with less privilege to dismantle that system in all the ways we can think of. How do we undo years of colonization, years of racism, internalized misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, classism, and wealth gaps? Gender equality is a large battle that’s part of other large battles, and it requires hard work, solidarity, and care every day,” Syar shares

A hope for change

“Today, I see myself as someone less afraid of my own lack of knowledge, someone angrier and proud of it, and someone who wants to nurture power in other women. I want Malaysians to be more critical of the information we receive, to promote questioning, to be more open and proactive about truly learning our country’s and people’s history and what our diversity really means. I want us to fight for causes beyond the personal and to be better at looking out for each other by ensuring accountability of those we choose to lead,” she exclaims

Shizens:”The texture of this cream is rich and absorbs quickly into my skin, leaving it feeling nourished and firm. The moisturising feel gives me a calming effect whenever I apply it on during my skincare ritual before bed.”

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MIXXO: “These jeans are super comfortable – not my usual style but a versatile item I see myself wearing a lot. I also love the embroidered bomber jacket that’s oh-so stylish!”

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