Report on on the “Leverage on Social Media for Impactful Social Change” Workshop — Justine Chew

BY JUSTINE CHEW
(all photos courtesy of HAKAM)

Strengthening Civil Society Advocacy through Effective Use of Social Media

“When we change to way we communicate, we change society.” — Clay Shirky

Social Media has over the past 10 years changed communication between individuals, organisations and nations. This ever evolving communication technology continues to transform the way people interact and even the way they think.  That is the reason, Social Media now occupies a vital portion of many successful corporations’ organizational and business strategies. Governments have also recognized the power of social media – to further their causes and goals, construct and deconstruct societies. Government and politics are changed, and some destroyed, through the use of social media.

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In other parts of the world, civil society leaders and organizations have long teamed up with technology and social media experts to address community challenges through social media and this partnership had created new interesting solutions for those organisations to better serve their community.

However, Malaysian Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have yet to leverage much on social media tools notwithstanding that (a) the tools are readily available, and (b) social media is a proven potent platform to shape conversations and influence opinions, facilitate speedier and more effective engagement and sharing of information.

“Old ways won’t open new doors.”

CSOs have in the past and still do rely on the usual traditional methods of advocacy through press statements and forum and town hall meetings. Traditional medium like these are limited in its capacity to reach and often offer very limited space or time for any discussion or conversation to take place between the speaker and the audience.

Under these circumstances, and seeing the limited success in advocacy campaigns by Malaysian CSOs in general, HAKAM developed and implemented a How to Leverage on Social Media for Impactful Social Change in Malaysia Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 16-17 July 2016. HAKAM’s strategy for this capacity building workshop was to engage and partner with social media experts to train human rights activists, CSO representatives and volunteers  in harnessing the tools and potential of social media, covering areas of technology and content for effective advocacy. Read more

HAKAM Workshop: How to Leverage on Social Media for Impactful Social Change in Malaysia

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Why Attend  |  Venue & Tentative Programme  |  About Trainer: Ryan Lim
Scholarships |  How to Apply / Register

 

ACTIVISM IN THE 21st CENTURY NEEDS 21st CENTURY TOOLS.

Malaysian activists and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) cannot go on using the traditional methods of communication that may have served us well 10 years ago – holding forums and press statements – hoping to bring about awareness on causes, and ultimately to advocate change.

For the past 15 years, HAKAM has been carrying on with its mission on human rights by relying mainly on the same methods we did when it was first established. We face the same issues now as we did 30 years ago, only in a much bigger scale and with higher frequency. How do we carry on our mission, effectively as a resource-strapped NGO? Certainly not with the same tools we had 25 years ago when HAKAM was established.

At HAKAM, we know that doing the same things expecting different results is insane. Hence, we have started building our capacity for communications through social media.

The reach we have – through a new website, Facebook page, Twitter and Pinterest accounts – is modest.

IMG_2389Our Facebook page alone has almost 1,000 likes, but that’s nothing considering a population of Malaysian Facebook users of 15 million. Nevertheless, those 1,000 likes affords our messages to potentially reach thousands every time we post. And we get to interact with our online community. That is a lot more than what we achieve with our usual physical forums.

Malaysia has 18 million registered internet users, with a high penetration on social media, in fact higher than most countries.

HAKAM’s predicament is not uncommon. Many other activists and NGOs have started turning to social media to carry out advocacy for their causes.

But are we effective and efficient in our use of social media? Do we strategise our social media campaigns and advocacy?

We need to.

We have some of the best Malaysian thinkers and advocates for change in civil society. We just need the right tools to get their thoughts across to Malaysians to reach and for them to engage with 18 million Malaysians online.

And that is why HAKAM has made the effort and had managed to engage a highly sought after digital & social media expert Ryan Lim to conduct this two-day workshop on How to Leverage on Social Media for Impactful Social Change in Malaysia.

 

Why Attend

This workshop is designed for human rights activists/defenders and CSOs who need to understand social media, and develop practical skills for impactful advocacy campaigns and developing and sustaining communities on social media. Content for this workshop has been developed from experiences and techniques used in the world’s top advertising campaigns.

This workshop will equip participants with useful strategic framework on social media used by world leaders and social change game changers, including insights to the social media campaigns of Fortune 500 companies.

Participants will be taught fundamental principles in campaign execution; content development and management; community engagement; as well as analytics. They will also learn practical skills to be able to conceptualize and execute their own social media campaigns that include ads buying and management on Facebook.

 

Venue & Tentative Programme*

Venue:
Capri By Fraser Kuala Lumpur
No. 5 Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur

Tentative Programme:
Day 1: Sat, 16 July 2016

8.30AM : Registration
9.00-9.15AM : Welcome, Introduction
9.15-10.30AM : Session 1 – Introduction to social media and its campaigns
  • Understand correct definitions according to industry standards
  • Select the right and appropriate social media platforms
  • Discover the communication opportunities on social media
  • Understand the users and target audience on social media
  • Appreciate key unique features of social media
10.30-11.00AM : Coffee Break
11.00AM-12.30PM : Session 2 – Stages to using social media to influence
  • Awareness – To build visibility and dissemination of key information
  • Education – To provide value content and information to convince
  • Engagement – To engage and encourage active discussions
  • Advocacy – To leverage on collective support and action
12.30-2.00PM : Lunch Break
2.00-3.30PM : Session 3 – Building a social media community: Improve Awareness to your cause
  • Acquiring an online following:
    • Paid traffic – Leveraging on digital advertising
    • Owned traffic – Using digital assets that you currently own
    • Earned traffic – Leveraging organic traffic like Social Search Engine Optimization & other related digital coverage
  • Build a social media community and following for your cause
    • Giving the public and target audience a reason to bother
    • Designing the destination to house your community
3.30-4.00PM : Coffee Break
4.00-5.30PM : Session 4 – Generating valuable content – Educate your audience to your cause
  • Ensuring dual platform experience for improved visibility
  • Content & conversation topics commonly used
  • Social brand persona for a convincing voice
  • Content calendar for a coordinated education effort

Day 2: Sun, 17 July 2016

9.00-10.30AM : Session 1 – Interacting with your community – Engage & respond actively to facilitate discussions
  • Realities of engagement
  • Engagement workflow process
  • Industry best practices – Dos and don’ts
10.30-11.00AM : Coffee Break
11.00AM-12.30PM : Session 2 – Leveraging and building Advocacy – Amplifying your social voice beyond your own
  • Recommended performance metrics (and what they mean)
  • Knowing what success metrics are commonly employed
  • What do the various performance metrics mean and imply
  • Which tools to employ for measuring results
  • Analyzing the results
12.30-2.00PM : Lunch Break
2.00-3.00PM : Session 3 – Compelling Content for Social Media
3.00-3.15PM : Coffee Break
3.15-4.15PM : Panel Discussion – Q & A on Social Media Strategies
4.15-4.30PM : Closing Remarks

*HAKAM retains at all times sole and exclusive discretion to alter the date, timing, venue, context, speakers/trainers for this workshop, or to cancel the same. We will endeavour to notify you within a reasonable time of any such alteration or cancellation.

 

About the Trainer – Ryan Lim

Ryan Lim, Principal Consultant and Founding Partner of QED Consulting Pte Ltd. Pic courtesy of QED Consulting.

Ryan Lim, Principal Consultant and Founding Partner of QED Consulting Pte Ltd. Pic courtesy of QED Consulting.

Ryan Lim is the Principal Consultant and Founding Partner of QED Consulting. He has more than 15 years experience as a digital marketer and is a pioneer in social media marketing. Ryan is an advisor and strategist to senior management teams of some of the world’s leading businesses and brands with his experience on digital marketing and content strategies, digital team structures, digital reputation management, digital marketing audits, social media crisis management and social media intelligence.

Ryan founded Blugrapes in 2006 and had led his team to be recognized by Marketing Magazine as a top three social media agency since 2012 before joining QED Consulting in 2014. In 2015, he was appointed by Singapore’s Minister of Communications as a Member of the Board of Directors to the Media Development Authority to advise on national development issues pertaining digital communications. In that same year, he led QED Consulting to win Marketing Magazine’s top content marketing agency award in both local and open categories.

As an industry thought leader, Ryan is constantly sought to train marketing professionals on digital and social media. He has trained over 3,000 marketing professionals from Fortune 500 companies, government organizations and non-profit organizations across the ASEAN region. As course developer for leading tertiary institutions, Ryan often lectures at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, Singapore Institute of Management, Aventis School of Management and Republic Polytechnic. He is also a prolific speaker appearing at key digital marketing industry conferences. On select occasions, he mentors business owners of emerging companies on their digital business and strategies.

Ryan currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Media Development Authority, and sits on Advisory Boards and Committees of Singapore Media Festival, Republic Polytechnic’s School of Management and Communication and iMedia’s Brand Summit. He is also an Executive Council Member of Institute of Advertising Singapore since 2011.

His detailed professional profile is published at: sg.linkedin.com/in/ryanlhm/

Want a glimpse of Ryan’s expertise? Log onto Facebook and access this link: https://www.facebook.com/QED.sg/videos/997845476927472/

Press coverage for QED (Ryan Lim’s) consultancy can be found at the following links:

This article covers a student of QED Consultancy: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/scdf-wins-fans-with-its-social-media-persona

Ryan believes that the same social media principles, solutions and tools for successful organisations can be used for resource-strapped non-profit organisations to meet their specific goals and objectives.

 “The cost of being effective on social media is only a cup of Starbucks”.  “Being effective is not costly. Being inefficient is”.

It is rare to find such an effective firm in this region, and HAKAM is very proud to have been able to engage him to create the training module for this workshop.

 

Participation & Scholarships

As space is limited to 60 participants: activists and NGO across Malaysia, attendance is only for successful applicants. Scholarships are available to successful applicants. Terms and conditions apply.  An application for scholarship will only be entertained via the mandated application process below.

 

How to Apply / Register 

Please download the appended Expression of Interest & Registration Form and return a scanned copy of your completed and signed form (per instructions within) to the HAKAM Project Coordinator by email to info@hakam.org.my before or on 5 July 2016 (further extended deadline – so you can disregard the 30 June deadline printed on the Form).  We have a limited space for 60 participants and admission is only for shortlisted/successful applicants.

So what are you waiting for? Apply today!

Penulisan Kreatif: Penerapan Hak Asasi Manusia dalam Cerpen (Masterclass)

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Menerusi kelas ini, para peserta akan memahami teknik dan selok-belok menerapkan unsur hak asasi manusia sewaktu menghasilkan manuskrip cerpen yang sesuai untuk siaran majalah-majalah berwibawa.

Uthaya Sankar SB adalah pengasas dan presiden Kumpulan Sasterawan Kavyan (Kavyan) serta Perunding Media, Motivasi dan Penerbitan Uthaya. Cerpen-cerpennya tersiar di hampir semua akhbar dan majalah arus perdana sejak 1992 serta mendapat pelbagai pengiktirafan dan anugerah, termasuk Hadiah Sastera Perdana Malaysia (1996/97 dan 1998/99); selain Anugerah Duta Keamanan daripada Universal Peace Federation (2008).

Masuk adalah percuma. Sumbangan dialu-alukan.

Creating Safe Spaces for Children

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The rising incidents involving violence against children, especially child sexual abuse can feel overwhelming for adults who are entrusted to protect and care for them. Often, this sense of being overwhelmed exists because of the lack of information about ways to protect our children. Educating and equipping ourselves with the necessary knowledge and skill is the first step towards creating safer environments for children.

This one-day introductory workshop focuses of the prevention of child sexual abuse.

The workshop will begin by providing participants with a space to understand and explore the essence of child rights, especially a child’s right to protection.

Next, participants will learn about what constitutes child sexual abuse.
• Is it just rape?
• Are there other acts that fall within the definition of child sexual abuse?
• Are girls the only ones affected by this? Or are boys vulnerable to abuse as well?

Through this process, participants will also learn about the processes, nuances and dynamics involved in child sexual abuse. Having understood the processes involved when child sexual abuse happens, participants will then briefly explore some useful skills to have in order to be able to help a child who is facing sexual abuse.

• How do you talk to the child?
• What can you do if a child shares that he/she is being sexually abused?
These are some questions that we will try to answer.

As this is an introductory workshop, the sessions will introduce participants to the issue. There will be more areas and information to explore. Anyone who is interested to empower themselves further, can look forward to signing up for a more in depth workshop at a later date upon completion of this session.

Details of the workshop are as below:
Date: 25th June 2016
Time: 9am – 5pm (1 Day Workshop)
Location: The Canvas Group – Damansara Perdana
G6C, Jalan PJU 8/3A, Damansara Perdana,
47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

RM60 (waged) / RM40 (unwaged)
Limited spaces available. Open to adults 18 years and above

To register click : http://goo.gl/forms/muU6IRl4OXuttpTW2
For further queries please email us at projeklayanglayang@gmail.com

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Projek Layang-Layang consists of a group of Malaysians from various backgrounds dedicated to empowering adults with the knowledge and skills to create safer spaces for children in order to protect them from child sexual abuse.

Social Media Strategy: A Masterclass

Social media is a powerful communication tool for direct engagement with your target audience, but are you using it strategically? This masterclass with Terence Ooi and Sam Lim is targeted at community organizers and activists who are interested to learn how to optimize the use of social media in their work. Terence and Sam are both experienced media strategists who are also actively involved in community organizing.

About Terence Ooi:
Terence’s passion is in enhancing brands in the marketplace, empowering youth and building communities. He has experience working at digital agencies and for a digital media company, and regularly provides digital consulting to small businesses and non-profit organizations. Terence spent the last two years working on community building projects in Cambodia after numerous trips across Asia. He has garnered great range of skills and experiences working with rural communities, particularly in the areas of education, sustainable rural development and youth empowerment. Terence is currently based in Kota Kinabalu, from where he works with youth and indigenous groups to develop communities in the interior Sabah.

About Sam Lim:
Sam is a communications consultant based in KL. He works with a number of clients in tech, government, and education, where he provides counsel on digital and communications strategies to elevate the voice of brands across integrated platforms. In his recent student years, Sam’s passion for community building has led him to work with a variety of social movements and ventures. In 2014, he co-founded Lend a Skilled Hand, a web platform in the volunteering space in South Australia. Non-community driven weekends for him are spent on hikes and waterfalls and he obsessively grams about them as @samisspeaking.

Admission is free and open to all. Please bring your own laptop or tablet device.

HAKAM Workshop: How to Leverage on Social Media for Impactful Social Change in Malaysia

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Why Attend  |  Venue & Tentative Programme  |  About Trainer: Ryan Lim  |  
Scholarships |  How to Apply / Register

 

ACTIVISM IN THE 21st CENTURY NEEDS 21st CENTURY TOOLS.

Malaysian activists and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) cannot go on using the traditional methods of communication that may have served us well 10 years ago – holding forums and press statements – hoping to bring about awareness on causes, and ultimately to advocate change.

For the past 15 years, HAKAM has been carrying on with its mission on human rights by relying mainly on the same methods we did when it was first established. We face the same issues now as we did 30 years ago, only in a much bigger scale and with higher frequency. How do we carry on our mission, effectively as a resource-strapped NGO? Certainly not with the same tools we had 25 years ago when HAKAM was established.

At HAKAM, we know that doing the same things expecting different results is insane. Hence, we have started building our capacity for communications through social media. Read more

#NetMerdeka Stakeholder Workshop on Internet Freedom [Bengkel Mempelihara Kebebasan Internet]

Bengkel Mempelihara Kebebasan Internet

4 Jun 2016, Petaling Jaya

Satu bengkel bertema “Kebebasan Internet di Malaysia” akan dianjurkan pada 4 Jun (Sabtu) bertempat di Awe Gallery, No. 21 Jalan 20/13 Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, pada jam 9 pagi – 5 petang (maklumat lanjut dilampirkan dalam Bahasa Inggeris).

Bengkel ini adalah sebahagian siri aktiviti yang dianjurkan oleh satu gabungan kumpulan masyarakat sivil, dikenali sebagai Gabungan Net Merdeka. Usaha-usaha gabungan ini yang bermula sejak awal tahun ini adalah berpunca daripada tindakan-tindakan kerajaan dan badan kerajaan untuk mengurangkan lagi hak dan ruang masyarakat untuk bersuara, serta hak-hak siber yang lain. Lebih-lebih lagi, pihak kerajaan berkemungkinan besar akan membentangkan pindaan kepada Akta Komunikasi dan Multimedia 1998 yang bakal mengekang lagi kebebasan rakyat bersuara. Setakat ini, akta ini telah digunakan untuk menyiasat atau menahan mereka yang mengendalikan portal media, wartawan dan juga aktivis.

Jemputan menghadiri bengkel ini adalah terhad kepada individu-individu terpilih, berdasarkan kerja dan penglibatan dalam mempromosikan demokrasi dan hak asasi manusia di kalangan ahli masyarakat dan menerusi masyarakat sivil. Banyak kumpulan masyarakat dan NGO bergantung kepada Internet untuk menggerakkan ahli mereka, berkomunikasi dan berkongsi maklumat, tapi ruang ini semakin dikekang. Penglibatan Peserta-peserta bengkel diharap akan dapat menyebarkan mesej kepada kesemua ahli masyarakat mengenai betapa pentingnya kebebasan internet dipertahankan.

Peserta-peserta bengkel antara lain akan membincangkan prinsip asas dan perkembangan yang memberi impak kepada kebebasan Internet. Pihak penganjur akan juga mengajak peserta untuk mengguna kandungan yang diraih dari bengkel ini untuk perbincangan dengan kumpulan sasaran anda. Kami berharap proses ini akan mencucuh perbincangan meluas di kalangan masyarakat dan menyumbang kepada usaha membentuk satu Piagam Kebebasan Internet Rakyat. Sesi lanjutan boleh dianjurkan dalam bentuk perbincangan atas talian (online discussion) ataupun  forum dan mesyuarat.

Latar belakang serta program deraf aktiviti ini disertakan di bawah dalam Bahasa Inggeris.

 


#NetMerdeka Stakeholder Workshop on Internet Freedom

internet-freedom-supportThis one-day by-invitation-only workshop is organised for attendees to discuss key issues regarding Internet Freedoms in Malaysia, who are to become focal points to conduct follow up discussions with their constituents. The workshop will be held on 4 June 2016 (Saturday) at the Awe Gallery, No 21 Jalan 20/13 Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya, Selangor between 9am and 5pm (details attached).

This workshop is a series of activities carried out by a coalition of civil society groups, called Net Merdeka, which came about early this year in response to the narrowing spaces for free expression and rights online. It was also prompted by the proposed amendments to the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA 1998) and the actions taken against online media, journalists and activists, among others, for their online publication or content.

Those attending this workshop are individuals who work on the promotion of democracy and human rights in the community and civil society. Most groups and individuals use the Internet to mobilise, communicate and share information, and this platform is becoming more and more restricted. Attendees are expected to spread the awareness of the importance of Internet freedoms to their constituents from their participation at the workshop.

During the workshop, key principles and developments related to Internet freedom will be discussed. We will also discuss with participants at this workshop how to conduct similar sessions with your constituents on their feedback and input into a proposed People’s Charter for Internet Freedoms. The follow up sessions can be conducted online or through gatherings and forums.

Background information for Focal Point Stakeholder Groups

Background

As part of the campaign to defend Internet freedoms in Malaysia, the Net Merdeka coalition, comprising nine civil society organisations and media [Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia, Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER), National Human Rights Society (HAKAM), Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Sinar Project, Cilisos, Amnesty International, Malaysia, Lawyers for Liberty, Pusat Komas] will conduct a workshop for focal points from among stakeholder groups. Activities to be organised in this second phase of the project are aimed at encouraging public participation in the drafting of the Charter of Internet Freedom. The overall project is in response to the narrowing spaces for free expression and rights online, prompted by the proposed amendments to the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA 1998) and the actions taken against online media, journalists and activists, among others, for their online publication or content.

Activity: Drafting a People’s Charter on Internet Freedoms

The coalition members will hold a workshop for focal points of specific stakeholder groups to enable them to lead de-centralised discussions on Internet rights, towards the drafting of the People’s Charter with their own constituents. These focal points will carry out decentralised stakeholder discussions subsequent to the workshop, to get input for the drafting of the People’s Charter. The discussions will be partially funded by the respective stakeholder focal points as an in-kind contribution to the project.

The first workshop will target between 25 and 30 people representing the priority stakeholders. The follow up workshops by the identified focal points will target approximately 30 people each, and these will be supported by the project resources.

 

Methodology

The Charter will be drafted by the coalition in discussion with the stakeholder focal points and based on input from their respective groups. Two Google Hangout sessions will be held with specific stakeholder groups – the tech community and content creators – to heighten the visibility of the campaign for the Charter.

Outputs

1. Documents on the amendments and FAQs will be created in multiple languages (English, Malay, Chinese, Tamil)

2. Workshop documentation and group discussion guidelines will be produced

3. An input template for the Charter to be used during the group discussions.

4. Final document of the Charter to be handed to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

In long-term, these activities will sustain the advocacy on the CMA 1998 amendments and the ideal role of the MCMC, as well as Internet rights generally.

Details of the workshop

Date: 4 June 2016
Venue: Awe Gallery, 21 Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya, Selangor (googlemaps link)
Time: 9am – 5pm

Draft programme

8.30-9am                 Registration of participants

9– 9.30am               Welcome and introduction to the Net Merdeka Campaign

                                           Introductions

Objectives of Stakeholder Workshop

9.30-10.45am          Revisiting civil society concerns about internet freedom from the 2015 ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum Discussion on new/emerging issues

10.45-11.15am          Break

11.15am-12.30pm    Breakout groups: The Internet We Want (1) – Cluster of topics could be access, affordability, technology development

12.30-1.00pm           Report back and discussion

1.00-2.00pm             Lunch

2.00-3.45pm            Breakout groups: The Internet We Want (2) – Cluster of topics could be freedom of expression, safety, offences, promotion

3.45-4.15pm             Break

4.15-5.30pm            Conducting consultations with communities – key messages and suggestions

 

Migration Works Campaign & Symposia 5 Combined Event

Dear friends and customers,

This Saturday, 5 March, is going to be busy! We hope you’ll be able to make it along to one of our events. Here they are, in order of occurrence …

Symposia 5 flyer

Migration Works
Workshop 1:30-2:30pm, Rumah Gerakbudaya

Migration Works is a campaign to promote positive attitude and behavioural change towards migrants in Malaysia. The Campaign is organised by Public Media Agency (PMA) in partnership with International Labor Organization (ILO). The campaign aim to promote a more positive image of migrants (with emphasis on women migrants workers) that corresponds to their actual contribution and evidence based advocacy against stereotyping for perception change.

followed by …

Symposia 5: Defending Women, Defending Borders?
Gender and the Migrant Worker Experience

2:30pm

Speakers:

Dr Gerhard Hoffstaedter, University of Queensland
Liva Sreedharan, Program Officer at Tenaganita
Asha Dhillon, Head of the Outreach Protection and Intervention Unit of UNHCR
Kumeraintharen Murugiah, Migration Works Campaign Coordinator
For the next Symposia event we are looking to investigate the intersection between experiences of migration and experiences of gender in contemporary Malaysia.If the experience of migration is hugely differential between categories such as expats, refugees, foreign workers and undocumented migrants, these categories are also intersected by gendered differences which ensure vastly different experiences of migration and whilst the experiences of many male migrants are often better understood, the problems faced by women, trans and other gender identities are less understood and identified.

The labour of female migrant workers is often in the form of domestic labour or emotional labour, and thus often outside of the formal sphere of work. This opens women up to different forms of abuse and exploitation, such as sexual abuse, physical and emotional violence, confinement and the withholding of wages. This is especially heightened by the isolation implied by domestic work and the fact that domestic work isn’t sufficiently covered by labour law.

Migrant women are also exposed to forms of sexual exploitation and discrimination, both by the agents who traffic them into Malaysia and by the immigration officials who target them for deportation or sexual favours. Additionally, the needs of women for specialized healthcare can often be denied or act as a source of discrimination, as evidenced by the treatment of Nirmala Thapa, the Nepalese migrant who became the first woman in Malaysia to be charged with procuring an illegal abortion.

Equally migration often intersects with particularly gendered narratives of nationhood and nationality. With the recent announcement of a deal to allow a further 1.5m Bangladeshi workers to work in Malaysia, a whole series of articles have emerged linking the arrival of Bangladeshi migrants to threats of rape against the female Malaysian body. Whilst men such as Papagomo have recently justified the beating of a migrant worker by stating it to be in defence of women in his family. Similarly in Europe a recent article in a Polish news magazine depicts the rape of Europe (a white woman draped in the European flag) by dark-skinned migrants.

During this Symposia event we’ll therefore be interested to investigate the gendered dimensions of migration, and particularly the ways in which female, male and trans migrants are imagined in different ways and exploited and discriminated against in different ways. We hope then to discuss the ways in which we could approach migration which will challenge such gendered differences.

 

Venue: Rumah Gerakbudaya, No 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Admission: Free

Please call 03-79578342 or email publications@gerakbudaya.com if you have any queries.