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KANITA’s core businesses are research and postgraduate programmes. In research, the aim is to conduct inter and transdisciplinary research in critical areas of women’s and gender issues and to utilise the findings for social transformation advocacy activities.  Research findings are not only meant to have policy impact but are also aimed at stimulating intellectual and public discourses on women’s and gender issues. This fits well with USM’s emphasis on the importance of university to be engaged with the community and not remain aloof as an ivory tower. Thus, research and dissemination of findings are often done in collaboration with government and non-government organisations outside the university. KANITA has conducted research in several areas that have largely been neglected in academic considerations for research in Malaysia. It has studied the issues of domestic violence, sexual harassment, child marriage, women’s economic empowerment, Muslim family law and masculinity. KANITA will continue to conduct research in important and emerging areas related to women and gender.  KANITA also plans to widen the scope of its studies to more regional and international research sites.

Current Projects


Research Title Project Leader  Duration Types of Grants Funding Body Amount (RM)

Harpswell ASEAN Program in Women’s Leadership

304 / PKANITA / 650841 / T132

Prof. Dr. Noraida Endut 1/1/2017
External Agency : International Harpswell Foundation 126,286.85

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Women Migrant Workers in Malaysia: NGOs Capacity Building and Women's Empowerment

304 / PKANITA / 650896 / U151

Prof. Dr. Noraida Endut 28/4/2017
External Agency : International
United Nation Country Team-Gender Theme 126,690.00

Emotional labour, work intensification, work life balance and intention to leave: Uncovering the experience of academics in Malaysia Universities through a gender lens

304 / PKANITA / 6313262

Prof. Madya Dr. Ang Chooi Hwa 1/3/2016
Short Term Grant

Centre for Research on Women and Gender (KANITA)

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