Women's Open Debating Championship 2010

Date : 24 September - 26 September 2010
Venue : Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia

Debating Style:
British Parliamentary

Tournament Team Cap:
60 teams and no institutional team cap.

N-1 rule applies.

Open Tournament:
Teams may consist of two individuals from different institutions.

Registration Fee:
RM100/person (without accommodation)
RM160/person (with accommodation)
*applies for debaters, adjudicators and observers

Fee includes:
  • 3 meals/day
  • A free customized t-shirt
  • An awesome break night at a private venue


This championship is an annual event that is closely anticipated by all women debaters from local and international universities. Every year, women from universities all over Malaysia gather not only to debate, but also to discuss about varying women’s issues. This year, Universiti Teknologi MARA has been given the honor of hosting this prestigious event.

The Women’s Open Debating Championship will be conducted in British Parliamentary format, where a team will consist of two people, with four teams debating in one room. Participants are not informed of the motions until 15 minutes before the round begins, and they are only allowed those 15 minutes to prepare their 7 minute speeches.

Motions for the debate usually revolve around women’s issues, such as abortion, surrogacy and domestic violence. Audiences who watch these debates are educated not only about the issue at hand, but also about the various actions taken today to address these issues. Participants are also made more aware of these issues, usually because before participating in a tournament such as this, they would have had to do extensive research.

This programme is held to fulfill the following objectives:

  1. To provide a platform where women from all over Malaysia can debate and discuss about issues pertaining to women.
  2. To inform and educate women about issues concerning them
  3. To educate society in general about women’s rights and why they are important
  4. To activate self-esteem and to incite social change.
  5. To provide an opportunity for young female students to improve their oratory and argumentative skills.

UiTM IV 2010 Poster

Adjudication Pool

Khairunnisa Mohamed Zabidi is the co-founder of the Malaysian Youth Climate Justice Network (MyCJN), a youth collective aimed at empowering young Malaysians to take action for a safe and just sustainable future. The Malaysian arm of the Global Youth Climate Movement, MyCJN mobilizes grassroots campaigns revolving around environmental issues, inter-generational justice and social equity, industrial and economic reform, women's rights, poverty and development, trade and commerce and indigenous rights. Her area of expertise and interest are corporate sustainability issues, green public policy and building
capacity for the mitigation and adaptation of climate change. Khairun
is Malaysia's first Bayer Young Environmental Envoy, a British
Council's Climate Champion, winner of the KLue Blue Chili Awards and CLEO's Young Achiever Awards, one of the CICAK e-book's 25 Young Malaysians You Need to Know and a recipient of the Astro Scholarship Award. She is currently attached with a major pay-TV operator based in Kuala Lumpur. During Khairun's younger days, she was 2006 Womens' Debate Champion and Semifinalist at Asian Intervarsities Debate 2007.

Deputy Chief Adjudicators
  • Miranda Anuar
  • Nur Afifah

Participating Institutions