After Women’s March, participants harassed online and offline

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 — Several participants of a rally today in conjunction with the International Women’s Day this week, were allegedly harassed by a group of men after the march had wound down.

Women’s March Malaysia committee member Yubanesan Balan told Malay Mailthat among others their placards were snatched near the Dang Wangi police station here by men who threatened that they would lodge a police report against them and the march.

“Mind you the placards were not displayed by the group of women and were simply held. We were also disheartened to hear the incident took place near the police station and yet there was no immediate response from the police on the matter,” Yubanesan said.

“Thankfully no one was hurt but this incident is a reflection of the level of discrimination and injustice that woman in our country have to face on a daily basis.

“We detest such attitude and violence against women but this will not hamper our work to voice out against gender discrimination,’’ he added. Read more

In KL, Malaysian women march to reclaim their space

Source: The Malay Mail Online

People hold up posters as they take part in a march to commemorate International Women’s Day 2018 in Kuala Lumpur March 10, 2018. — Pictures by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 — Hundreds of Malaysians, most of them women, took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur today to march in conjunction with the International Women’s Day this week.

The around 1-km march this year, from the Sogo shopping mall to Tugu Takraw at the Jamek Mosque, is aimed at reclaiming women’s space in the public.

Human rights activist Maria Chin Abdullah said the issue of gender discrimination must not be overlooked.

“It is high time that we raise concerns over violence against women and gender prejudices,” Maria told Malay Mail at the sidelines. Read more