Feminist Friday (June): Let’s Talk about Sex, Contraception and Abortion in Malaysia



Feminist Friday


Putrajaya’s abstinence-focused sex education module has so far failed to help raise awareness of safe sex among a majority of youths, a Malaysian Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) survey commissioned by Durex Malaysia recently revealed.

Despite the introduction of Sexual Reproductive Health education in schools, the survey found that pregnancy myths remain prevalent with many admitting to not knowing the importance of protection to prevent pregnancy. The survey also found that a significant number of youths thought protection during sex was unnecessary (yes it is), and that a woman will not get pregnant if she has sex during her period (yes she can).

Can I get contraception if I am single? Is abortion legal in Malaysia? What is Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights?

Come hang out at AWAM’s Feminist Friday on 17th June 2016 between 8 – 10pm with Dr Subatra Jayaraj and Lee Wei San from AWAM and ask all the questions you have always wanted to know.

RSVP to Yong Yi at gbv.programs.awam[at] by 16th June 2016 (Thursday). For a more conducive discussion, there will be a cut off time of 8.30pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

Feminist Friday Is Back!

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AWAM will be hosting its first Feminist Friday of the year on the topic, “The Emotional Woman: Myth, Reality or Pathology?”

Details are as follows:
“Women are emotional, men are rational.” Women make decisions by appealing to their emotions instead of logic. Their abilities are dictated by menstrual cycles and hormones. Women are too sensitive. Women are Crazy.

These are established assumptions that have been circulated in society and passed through generations, to the point where they are perceived and accepted as facts. They are further used to justify barring women from positions of power, or to invalidate their opinions and experiences. Does societal normalisation of ‘The Emotional Woman’ impact women’s access to healthcare or their due process in the criminal justice system? Should women distance themselves from the figure of ‘The Emotional Woman’? How should women navigative themselves in this modern world?

Join us this Friday, 26th February 2016, 8 pm in the AWAM office to share your thoughts about the topic!

Please contact Yong Yi (03 7877 4221 or by Thursday, 25 February 2016, 5PM, if you would like to attend.

AWAM’s Feminist Camp 2016: The Katak Is Back!


29th – 31st January 2015
Location: Port Dickson
Registration Form:


Join us for a three-day two-night AWAM Feminist Camp (29 to 31 January 2016) in Port Dickson where we create an open space to discuss, share experiences, push the boundaries of our understanding, laugh, muse, ponder and cry our way through these issues!

The RM180 fee includes transport, lodging and meals. The fee for those without an income is RM 140/-

AWAM’s 16 Days of Activism Workshop: What’s The Story With Power And Violence?


Join AWAM’s workshop in conjunction with the 16 Days of Activism THIS SATURDAY, December 5th!

Topic: What’s the story with Power and Violence? – Linking Power and Gender-Based Violence
Date: 5th December 2015
Time: 9.30am to 1.30pm
Venue: CCM (26, Jalan Universiti, Pjs 11, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia) -Opposite University Hospital

We’ll be exploring the idea of power, intersectionality and gender-based violence.