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Child Marriage: Setting Our Children Up To Fail
May 7, 2017 @ 15:00 - 16:30Free
In conjunction with Art For Grabs “ReVisit Kuala Lumpur Year 2017” at Urbanscapes, The G-Blog proudly presents our first public forum this year!
More than 82,000 married women in our country are girls between the ages of 15 and 19. Many believe in the validity of child marriages on the basis of religion, culture and race. Are you one of them? Do you understand why some people think this way?
The G-Blog will be facilitating an open discussion with politicians, a child rights activist and a member of the judiciary to analyse the legal, religious and social landscape in Malaysia and consider the factors that may contribute to the high number of child marriages in our country, as well as how we might address these issues in the best interest of our children.
The panel of speakers include:
 YB Teo Nie Ching (张念群)!
Nie Ching is the incumbent Member of Parliament for Kulai, Johor. She obtained a law degree from the University of the West of England and was called to the Bar in 2006. Before joining politics, Nie Ching showcased her commitment in activism through legal processes, where she had represented pro-student front candidates in a disciplinary proceeding at Universiti Malaya, and a group of pig farmers in a court action against the Melaka State Government.
Earlier this year, Nie Ching submitted a proposal to amend the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017 to include a ban on child marriages. She urged bipartisan support for her proposal, and argued that when it comes to sexual crimes against children, the issue of consent was irrelevant.
 Dr. Hartini Zainudin
Dr. Hartini is one of the most prominent child rights activists in Malaysia, and has worked on children’s issues in the United States and Malaysia for 26 years.
She is the Vice President of Voice of the Children, a local NGO that does advocacy work, law and policy reforms and training on children’s issues. She is also the Founder of Yayasan Chow Kit, a 24-hour crisis centre which focuses on providing marginalized children with basic needs, counselling and protection services; in addition to this, she is the former CEO of Yayasan Siti Sapura Husin, a not-for-profit foundation that works with the poor and marginalized, concentrating on the needs of children, the elderly and the blind.