Yes! SheDecides: Affirming women’s rights to their own body

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Every girl and every woman has the right to choose what she does with her body. Unfortunately millions of girls around the world and in our region are unable to do so. And that is why we need to come together, to stand up and speak out to say, ‘Yes! SheDecides’. Sexual and reproductive rights are integral to individual autonomy, to freely decide on matters of sexuality and reproduction, to have the right to consent and bodily integrity,” — Sivananthi Thanenthiran, Arrow executive director and the SheDecides champion for Asia-Pacific.

A panel of women’s rights activists and global representatives gather at an event to commemorate SheDecides’ first anniversary at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur March 2, 2018. — Picture courtesy of Arrow

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — A group of stakeholders and global representatives came together today to express their support for SheDecides — a movement that promotes, provides, protects and enhances the fundamental rights of every girl and woman to freely decide about their sexual lives.

The discussion, organised in conjunction with SheDecides’ first anniversary, saw participations of regional non-profit group Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (Arrow) and representatives from Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland, among others.

In a statement, Arrow executive director and the SheDecides champion for Asia-Pacific Sivananthi Thanenthiran said the movement is critical to the region, citing the stigmatisation of abortion as one of the occurences. Read more

ARROW and APRCEM call for applications to Pre-APFSD Youth Forum on 23-25 March, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand

Source: ARROW

ARROW and Youth Constituency of Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM) are jointly organising Pre-APFSD Youth Forum titled, “Young People in the SDGs: Sustainable Solutions to Eradicate Poverty and Promote Prosperity” on 23-25 March, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more

Amid Thaipusam spray-painting threat, activist explains significance of saree

Source: The Malay Mail Online

According to a report on British news outlet BBC, the traditional saree that exposes the shoulder, arms, back and lower abdomen trace back as far as at least the Maury and Sunga periods in 300BC. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

According to a report on British news outlet BBC, the traditional saree that exposes the shoulder, arms, back and lower abdomen trace back as far as at least the Maury and Sunga periods in 300BC. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10 — The traditional saree that some conservatives consider to be revealing is an ancient norm of the Indian civilisation, explained a women’s rights activist today.

After reported threats by a vigilante group to spray-paint women dressed “inappropriately” for Thaipusam, Sivananthi Thanenthiran, the executive director at the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW), authored a Facebook post explaining the evolution of the saree.

In her post, Sivananthi wrote that the “appropriate” version of the traditional Indian dress, which covered most of the wearer’s upper torso, was not part of the original attire, but instead introduced to appease the sensitivities of India’s former colonial masters. Read more