Violence against women in Malaysia — Awam

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY THE ALL WOMEN’S ACTION SOCIETY

MARCH 8 — This International Women’s Day, we note with pleasure the international upsurge in public condemnation of influential individuals involved in cases of sexual harassment. This marks a great step forward in tackling an issue that has long plagued the public sphere, and we hope that more people are encouraged to step forward and speak their truth.

However, pinning the blame on individual perpetrators is not enough. These incidences of sexual harassment cannot be isolated from the social and cultural norms within which they are rooted. Sexual harassment is also just one of the ways that the patriarchy exacts violence against women. Read more

International Women’s Day 2017: Women’s Work

Source: Gerak Budaya Facebook

In conjunction with this year’s International Women’s Day (March 8), Gerakbudaya, Sisters In Islam, All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) and Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) are organizing a day-long series of events to celebrate and explore the roles, duties, responsibilities, contributions, joys and agonies of Malaysian women, along with the obstacles and challenges they presently face.

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The theme of the event is ‘Women’s Work’, which can be interpreted broadly across various contexts. The event will consist of three activities that will take place at Rumah Gerakbudaya on 11 March 2017 (Saturday):
(1) Public lecture by Suri Kempe: 11 am – 1 pm
(2) Lunch: 1 – 2 pm
(3) Panel Discussion: 2 – 4 pm

Paying Their Dues: The Missing Women in Malaysia’s Story
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NGOs want govt to monitor convicted serial rapist

Source: The Sundaily

PETALING JAYA: Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) want the authorities to put in place a monitoring system for convicted serial rapist Selva Kumar Subbiah who will be returning to Malaysia soon.

Selva Kumar, 56, whose 24-year prison term ends on Jan 29, will likely be deported home, raising concerns among NGOs if the serial sexual offender will pose a threat to the community.

GPS tagging devices are already being used in the North America and Scandinavia — Pic from AFP.

GPS tagging devices are already being used in the North America and Scandinavia — Pic from AFP.

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) communications officer Tan Heang-Lee told theSun that he must be evaluated by professionals to determine to what extent he has been rehabilitated.

“If he has yet to be rehabilitated, the Canadian and Malaysian authorities must work closely, ensuring that there is a follow-up plan for his rehabilitation,” she told theSun today.

She said Malaysian authorities must establish a tracking mechanism to monitor his movements.

“As this is a public interest issue, the Canadian and Malaysian authorities must be transparent with the Malaysian public about the reintegration plan – and the safeguards put in place.

“The Malaysian authorities must assure us that the safety of our community will not be compromised,” Tan said. ⁠⁠⁠⁠

She said there is an urgent need for a sex offender’s registry and tracking mechanism to ensure sexual offenders do not reoffend once they reintegrate into the community. Read more

Media Statement: Accusations of Foreign Intervention Unfounded

Media Statement: Accusations of Foreign Intervention Unfounded
21 December 2016

We, a group of concerned civil society organisations, condemn the attempts by the Malaysian government to discredit human rights work through the vilification of international funding for civil society. We are committed in our pursuit towards creating an enabling environment for democratic participation and good governance.

We are gravely concerned by recent statements made by Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, and the Malaysian police that about 15 to 20 organisations are being investigated for receiving overseas funding. The funds we receive, whether from local or international funders, are legal under Malaysian laws. There is clear documentation of the funds and multiple levels of oversight to ensure transparency and accountability, including laws in the funders’ countries of origin, scrutiny by Bank Negara, and the mandated audits of our organisational accounts. Read more

Putrajaya not keen on human rights so we looked elsewhere, NGOs say

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 — Several human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have insisted today that receiving foreign funds is legal, with clear documentation and oversight to ensure transparency and accountability.

The groups said they were forced to turn to foreign funding since the Malaysian government has allegedly not been consistent with their support of human rights, citing budget cuts for the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).

“We are not government entities or businesses — our policies and programmes are not dictated by investments. Civil society organisations are guided by our constitutions and objectives in our programming, framed by fundamental human rights, and only then approaching potential funders with proposals. Read more

Media Statement: Accusations of Foreign Intervention Unfounded

Media Statement: Accusations of Foreign Intervention Unfounded
21 December 2016pdf

We, a group of concerned civil society organisations, condemn the attempts by the Malaysian government to discredit human rights work through the vilification of international funding for civil society. We are committed in our pursuit towards creating an enabling environment for democratic participation and good governance.

We are gravely concerned by recent statements made by Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, and the Malaysian police that about 15 to 20 organisations are being investigated for receiving overseas funding. The funds we receive, whether from local or international funders, are legal under Malaysian laws. There is clear documentation of the funds and multiple levels of oversight to ensure transparency and accountability, including laws in the funders’ countries of origin, scrutiny by Bank Negara, and the mandated audits of our organisational accounts. Read more

AWAM March to Parliament for Maria Chin Abdullah

Source: AWAM Malaysia Facebook

Women Walk for Maria

Please join us and viral

Date: 23/11/16 (Wed)

Gathering Time: 10am
Walking Time:10.30am

Place: Gather along Jln Parliament near Padang Merbok and walk to House of Parliament.

Wear: Yellow/Bersih tee with a purple ribbon or purple tee with a yellow ribbon.

What:
1)To hand over Memo to Najib and other relevent Minister.
2) Press Conference outside the Parliament. Expected to end 12.30pm

Note: the last day of Parliamentary session ends on 24/11/16. Hence, we have to do it on 23/11/16.

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Organised by:
Women 4 Maria

Malaysia: Impian Wanita Hari Ini

Dear all,

The 31st August and 16th September are important dates for Malaysians – these are the dates that we remember and celebrate our nation, and to reflect upon what it means to be citizens and members of a nation that was founded to be democratic, diversive, progressive, moderate and just.

However, our dreams of such a nation seem just that – a dream.

Are you tired of the spiraling state of this nation? Are you needing a deep, rich conversation with others like you who hold a feminist version of a just and truly democratic society?

AWAM’s Membership Development Committee is hosting a one-day Open Space event to create space for the sort of conversations you long to have.

Join us at the PJ Community Library on 20 August 2016, from 9AM to 5:30PM (Registration starts at 8:30AM) to engage in high-participatory conversations about The Malaysia Women Dream of.

Register before the 16th August 2016 HERE.

The Malaysia Women Dream Of - One-day OST

Taking stock of the state of women in Malaysia — Awam

Source: The Malay Mail Online

MARCH 8 — On International Women’s Day (IWD) this year, we at the All Women’s Action Society (Awam) take a moment to take stock of the state of women in Malaysia.

There are those who claim that Malaysian women have been granted equal rights and equal opportunities, that there is no further work to be done because we have achieved that solid vision of gender equality.

We question such claims in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Equality is a continuous struggle and we have found that women in Malaysia seem to be on the losing end of this struggle over the past few years. Read more