Give female refugees work to reduce domestic violence, Tenaganita tells Putrajaya

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Tenaganita director Aegile Fernandez – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, December 13, 2017.

FINANCIALLY independent refugee women are more resilient in the face of domestic violence, says human rights group Tenaganita executive director Glorene A. Das.

“Refugee women who are breadwinners are more respected in their communities ,” Glorene told reporters after an event to commemorate the global 16 days of activism against gender-based violence at Tenaganita’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya today.

She said even community leaders in local refugee communities respected women who provide for their families.

Malaysia only allowed Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to seek legal work in Malaysia on March 1.

There are 150,204 refugees and asylum seekers from 59 countries registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Malaysia as of May 31 this year. Read more

Domestic violence at an all time high, say activist group

Source: The Malaysian Insight

The Malaysian Insight pic, December 9, 2017.

From t: Sumitra Visvanathan, executive director of Women’s Aid Organisation, Bernice Chauley, Chan Wen Li and Linda Iskandar at the book launch. – The Malaysian Insight pic, December 9, 2017.

A WOMEN’S group is concerned about domestic violence which it says is at an all-time high.

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) communications officer Tan Heang-Lee, said one reason for the increase is that women are more aware of their rights.

“According to Universiti Sains Malaysia, 9% of partnered women in Malaysia experience domestic violence,” she told The Malaysian Insight at the Tina WAO book launch.

In 2016 there were 5,796 cases, up from 3,173 in 2010.

Tan said WAO had received over 2,660 hotline calls, WhatsApp conversations and e-mails via Tina, a person “conceptualised as a victim of domestic violence, so women can relate more when calling in.” Read more

61pc sexual crime victims are children, minister says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 —  As many as 61 per cent of the 12,926 sexual crime cases reported over the past three years involved children, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.

She said this situation was serious as the children would grow up with negative psychological effects.

“The ministry will work closely with the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to tackle the issue of domestic violence and child abuse and play our part in rehabilitating the victims so that they can continue with their lives as normal as possible, if not better,” she said. Read more

Women’s rights under assault worldwide: UN chief

Source: New Straits Times

Pic by Brendan Smialowski, for AFP.

Pic by Brendan Smialowski, for AFP.

UNITED NATIONS, UNITED STATES: Women’s rights are under fresh assault worldwide, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday as a two-week conference kicked off at the United Nations to take stock of the fight for gender equality.

President Donald Trump’s “global gag rule” cutting US funding to groups that offer abortion services and Russia’s decision to ease punishment for domestic violence are casting a long shadow on the annual gathering of the Commission on the Status of Women.

“Globally, women are suffering new assaults on their safety and dignity,” Guterres told the opening session of the conference at UN headquarters in New York.

“Some governments are enacting laws that curtail women’s freedoms. Others are rolling back legal protections against domestic violence.”

“Women’s rights are human rights – and attacks on women are attacks on all of us. This is why we have to respond together,” he added. Read more

Rogol dalam perkahwinan itu jenayah, kata WAO

Sumber: FMT News

Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) mendesak kerajaan meminda Akta Imigresen kerana undang-undang sedia ada menyebabkan isteri warga asing kepada rakyat Malaysia terdedah kepada keganasan rumah tangga. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News

Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) mendesak kerajaan meminda Akta Imigresen kerana undang-undang sedia ada menyebabkan isteri warga asing kepada rakyat Malaysia terdedah kepada keganasan rumah tangga. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) mengulangi gesaannya supaya rogol dalam perkahwinan dianggap sebagai jenayah, sempena wanita di seluruh dunia meraikan Hari Wanita Antarabangsa hari ini.

Dalam laporan kajian kesnya bertajuk “Perspektif terhadap Keganasan Rumah Tangga” yang dikeluarkan hari ini, NGO itu berkata rogol – sama ada ia berlaku dalam perkahwinan atau tidak – adalah jenayah di bawah standard antarabangsa.

Tetapi di Malaysia, Seksyen 375 Kanun Keseksaan menyatakan hubungan seks tanpa rela tidak dianggap sebagai jenayah apabila ia berlaku antara pasangan berkahwin.

“Rogol dalam perkahwinan dikenali dalam Konvensyen Mengenai Penyingkiran Semua Bentuk Diskriminasi Terhadap Wanita (Cedaw) Jawatankuasa Cadangan Umum 19, yang menyatakan ‘Dalam kalangan hubungan keluarga, wanita semua peringkat umur tertakluk kepada semua bentuk keganasan, termasuk pukul, rogol dan serangan seksual lain’.”

Laporan itu menyatakan jawatankuasa PBB Cedaw meminta Putrajaya menjadikan rogol dalam perkahwinan sebagai jenayah sejak 2006.

“Kami mendesak kerajaan dengan segera meminda bahasa dalam Seksyen 375 Kanun Keseksaan dan berhenti membenarkan amalan rogol dalam perkahwinan,” menurut laporan itu. Read more

WAO International Women’s Day Launch

Illustrations by Wen-Li Chan Floral design by Allie Hill and Ruby Subramaniam Poster taken from WAO's Facebook event page

Illustrations by Wen-Li Chan
Floral design by Allie Hill and Ruby Subramaniam
Poster taken from WAO’s Facebook event page

This International Women’s Day, WAO will launch a domestic violence case study report and an art exhibit at Masjid Jamek LRT Station.

We will share the stories of domesic violence survivors and the findings of our report. Artists Allie Hill and Chan Wen Li will also share the vision and concept of the art exhibit.

We will walk over to Masjid Jamek LRT Station at 11:30am to view the art exhibit (5-minute walk). Refreshments will be served.

Free admission. Please RSVP via bit.ly/wao2017 by March 3rd.

Recognise stalking as domestic violence – Yu Ren Chung

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

BY: YU REN CHUNG

FEBRUARY 22 — After years of abuse, Nina left her husband. Yet she was not safe.

Wherever she moved, her husband would look her. One time, Nina noticed men taking pictures of her children at her house.

She was being stalked.

Worried, she lodged a police report, but she was not given protection. Soon after, while leaving work, Nina was attacked by two men — acquaintances of her ex-husband. They slashed her with a machete, scarring her cheek and cutting-off her thumb.

If Nina received protection after she had been stalked, her gruesome attack may have been prevented.

Unfortunately for Nina, and thousands of Malaysians like her, stalking is not a crime in Malaysia. Read more

After domestic abuse victim’s murder, lawyer urges mandatory arrest of violent spouses

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A lawyer said police must arrest violent individuals who are reported to have abused their families to avoid them from suffering like the now-murdered domestic abuse victim Nurhidayah A. Ghani. — AFP pic, taken from MMO

A lawyer said police must arrest violent individuals who are reported to have abused their families to avoid them from suffering like the now-murdered domestic abuse victim Nurhidayah A. Ghani. — AFP pic, taken from MMO

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 — A lawyer said police must arrest violent individuals who are reported to have abused their families to avoid them from suffering like the now-murdered domestic abuse victim Nurhidayah A. Ghani.

Speaking after the High Court here today convicted Nurhidayah’s violent husband Jamaluddin Ali over her 2013 death arising from multiple assaults that left “horrendous injuries” over her body, lawyer Goh Siu Lin said the court ruling amounts to “justice” for the victim’s family.

“The case showed how important it was to enforce protection orders and interim protection orders — which are court orders typically given to stop a violent spouse from threatening or abusing a domestic abuse victim,” she said.

“So we should in this country lobby for mandatory arrest once a report is made by the victim or any of the family members, so the police must be compelled to take immediate steps to arrest the perpetrator.

“And so that we can ensure the enforcement of protection orders and interim protection orders are given paramount importance to promote the safety and reduce violence and prevent serious harm and death,” she said. Read more

Ensure justice for domestic violence victims — WAO

Source: The Malay Mail Online

JANUARY 20 — Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) welcomes the High Court’s decision to uphold justice for domestic violence and murder victim, Nurhidayah A Ghani. On January 20, 2017, the High Court declared her husband, Jamaluddin Ali, guilty of murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

For Nurhidayah’s family, this verdict brings closure to a wearying and drawn-out process of seeking justice. Jamaluddin had physically and psychologically abused Nurhidayah for over a decade, since 2003.

He had repeatedly banged her head into the wall, hit her with a helmet and a fishing rod, and strangled her. From 2009 to 2013, Nurhidayah and her family lodged more than 10 police reports against Jamaluddin.

However, the authorities failed to intervene to protect Nurhidayah from her violent abuser.

The authorities refused to arrest Jamaluddin despite the fact that he had violated the Interim Protection Order (IPO) and repeatedly harassed Nurhidayah and her family. Read more

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) Gender Equality Talks #2 — Know Your Rights: Seeking Justice for Domestic Violence

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is hosting a series of four gender equality talks in conjunction with the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

16 Days of Activism begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November, and culminates on Human Rights Day, 10 December. Throughout the campaign, communities across the world take action to end violence against women and girls.

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The November 23rd talk, “Know Your Rights: Seeking Justice for Domestic Violence” will be conducted by WAO Advocacy Manager Yu Ren Chung and ASP Ellyia Ullfah from the Sexual Crimes and Crimes Against Children Unit of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).