Protest is not new to civil society in Malaysia — Ivy Josiah

Source: The Star2

BY IVY JOSIAH
(HAKAM EXCO Member)

Led by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality, women and men from various non-governmental organisations and political parties gathered in front of the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry yesterday to protest against the sexist remarks made by Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin and Jasin MP Datuk Mohd Said Yusof against Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan. They called for the suspension of both MPs and demanded they apologise for offending all women. The protestors include those from Parti Sosialis Malaysia, representatives from the womens wing of MCA, PAS and Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Womens Aid Organisation, Sisters In Islam and Women Development Collective. Photo: The Star

Led by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality, women and men from various non-governmental organisations and political parties gathered in front of the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry yesterday to protest against the sexist remarks made by Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin and Jasin MP Datuk Mohd Said Yusof against Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan. They called for the suspension of both MPs and demanded they apologise for offending all women. The protestors include those from Parti Sosialis Malaysia, representatives from the womens wing of MCA, PAS and Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Womens Aid Organisation, Sisters In Islam and Women Development Collective. Photo: The Star

It was Malcom X who said “So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.”

Last week, women did just that to mark International Women’s Day (IWD), a Global Women’s Strike in 46 countries; ranging from stopping work or housework to withdrawing sex to organising demonstrations, pickets and marches.

The Global Women’s Strike was organised by the International Women’s Strike (IWS), a grassroots movement established in late 2016 by women from different parts of the world as a response to the current social, legal, political, moral and verbal violence experienced by women at various levels. One in three women experience physical or sexual violence; we should not accept this statistic as the inevitable.

In the words of the Australia Women on Strike, “As aware citizens, we, the women, know the world is going through a crisis phase, but we don’t accept being victims of it. Take care, governing powers in our countries: be mature and address the problems of the world in direct, peaceful ways, with no harm to us.”

It is no coincidence that the herstory of IWD itself is rooted in a march by women workers in New York who took to the streets in 1908 demanding voting rights and protesting against dangerous working conditions, child labour and low wages.

So, what has been the Malaysian women’s experience with protest?

Feminist historians pay homage to the women participating in Malaya’s anti-colonial movement in the 1940s. Women in the Angkatan Wanita Sedar (Conscious Women’s Front) and Kaum Ibu Umno stood with men making fiery speeches during demonstrations against colonial rule. Protest is not new to civil society in Malaysia.

Activists resort to protest when other advocacy strategies fail, or to further throw light on an issue. Read more

No excuses for nixing human rights standards

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s rights activist Ivy Josiah today denounced those who cite cultural and religious rules for rejecting international human rights standards.

She said governments had no choice but to say “yes” to Article 5 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw).

“The article deals with how a state or government must address stereotyping and prejudices because of culture,” she pointed out. “It must do all in its power to change that mindset. One might say it will take a long time to do that, or that I’m not going to do that ever because it’s part of my culture and religion. No. Religion and culture cannot be used as an excuse to violate someone’s rights.” Read more

Insan Transgender: Hak untuk Memilih Jalan Hidup – Ivy Josiah

Terbitan Istimewa HAKAM sempena sambutan Hari Hak Asasi Manusia 2015
#HAKAM-MMO Human Rights Day 2015 project

INSAN TRANSGENDER BERHAK MEMILIH JALAN HIDUP SENDIRI

Karangan IVY JOSIAH

“Another Yin-Yang-Yuan Butterfly TransGender-Symbol” - By ParaDox, shared under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Germany license.

“Another Yin-Yang-Yuan Butterfly TransGender-Symbol” – By ParaDox, shared under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Germany license.

Kita mungkin pernah membaca berita ini sepintas lalu, tetapi fakta berikut wajar diulang semula – antara bulan Oktober 2014 hingga September 2015, 271 pembunuhan insan pelbagai transgender telah dilaporkan, satu statistik global yang diumumkan pada Hari Peringatan Transgender yang jatuh pada 20 November setiap tahun untuk memberi penghormatan dan memperingati nyawa yang terkorban dalam tindakan jenayah keganasan anti-transgender.

Para aktivitis Malaysia percaya bahawa insan transgender juga menjadi mangsa pembunuhan di negara ini tetapi pihak berkuasa tidak mengiktiraf identiti jantina insan yang terbunuh dan mengiktiraf pembunuhan sebagai jenayah kebencian. 1

Nyawa yang sengaja dikorbankan kerana anda ingin memilih jalan hidup sendiri pastinya tidak adil. Namun kita diyakinkan bahawa hak terhadap kehidupan, kebebasan dan keselamatan diri yang termaktub dalam Perkara 3 Deklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia Sejagat (UDHR) wajar dinikmati oleh SEMUA insan, bukan hanya mereka yang kita anggap layak menikmati hak ini. Sebelum Perkara 3, Perkara 1 UDHR mengisytiharkan bahawa “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” dan Perkara 2 UDHR menjanjikan bahawa “everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. Read more

Transgender person: The right to live your life – Ivy Josiah

EXCLUSIVE, published in collaboration with MMO
>> Read original article in Bahasa Malaysia 

BY IVY JOSIAH

In September 2015, 12 United Nations agencies issued a powerful joint call to action on ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) adults, adolescents and children. — Reuters pic

In September 2015, 12 United Nations agencies issued a powerful joint call to action on ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) adults, adolescents and children. — Reuters pic

OPINION, Dec 14 — We may have just glanced over it, but here it is again — between October 2014 and September 2015, there were 271 reported killings of transgender diverse persons, a global statistic released on Transgender Day of Remembrance, which falls on November 20 every year to honour and remember the lives lost in criminal acts of anti-transgender violence.

Malaysian activists believe that transgender persons have been killed here. However, the authorities did not recognise the murdered person’s gender identity and recognise the killing as a hate crime.

A life taken away deliberately because you are living your truth cannot be just.

Yet, we are assured that the right to life, liberty and security of person is enshrined in Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) applies to ALL persons, not whom we think deserves to enjoy this right. Read more