AWAM’s Nationwide Campaign on Domestic Violence
AWAM launched a nationwide campaign on domestic violence on the 13th June 2013. The campaign saw seminars throughout Peninsular Malaysia for this year and is on-going in 2014. We will also be in East Malaysia in 2014. Much thanks to SOGO Kuala Lumpur for funding this campaign!
This campaign not only brought more awareness to the communities but also made available access to various agencies when one experienced domestic violence.
The coming together of the various agencies and non-governmental organizations enabled closer working together on the issue of domestic violence. The campaign envisions the training of the front-line officers of these agencies to enhance their skills in order to achieve victories over domestic violence.
Johor: 26th April 2014
Terengganu: 4th May 2014
Perlis: 24th May 2014
Penang: 6th September 2014
Domestic Violence Hurts Families” – AWAM’s Community Message Video
Call AWAM’s TELENITA helpline 03 7877 0224 for our counselling and legal information.
Call our office at 03 7877 4221 for more information on how you can get involved.
The video was launched on 10th December 2013, in conjunction with Human Rights Day.
Special thanks to our sponsors True Wealth Sdn Bhd, Azizi Bin Ali, Norazlyn Binti Karno, Dato’ Dr. Arunan Selvaraj and Gregs Video Sdn Bhd. The cast provided their talents pro-bono for this project: Eewen Teoh plays the mother, Achu Nair the father, Syarafana Aida Shuhaimi the child, Suhaili bin Basri the boss, and Callista Aveena the doctor.
Celebrities who lent their support and messages for this video include Mrs. Universe Carol Lee, Miss Malaysia Tourism 2013 Ms. Thaarah Ganesan, and Anchor/Reporter at NTV7’s The Breakfast Show Ms. Aishah Sinclair.
The video is available at AWAM’s youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com AWAMMalaysia.
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Sexual Harassment Out (SHout)
The SHout Campaign is a national campaign focused on ending sexual harassment in Malaysia. The campaign was spearheaded by AWAM, and we serve as Secretariat to coordinate campaign efforts. SHout has 11 organisational members, including the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL), Bar Council Human Rights Committee, Sahabat Wanita, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) and Women’s Centre for Change (WCC), as well as several academics with research expertise on sexual harassment. Through SHout, we advocate for greater awareness on the issue of sexual harassment and how to deal with cases when harassed or witnessing harassment and for the implementation of specific legislation at state and federal levels to address the issue. We believe that all public spaces should be safe and accessible to everyone.
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Wanita Suara Perubahan
An umbrella body of 41 civil society organisations and 6 political parties, Wanita Suara Perubahan was initiated by JAG in the lead up to International Women’s Day 2012 to remind the government that women make up a sizable voting bloc and that we would use this political voice to demand change, to push for clean and democratic governance at every level. Wanita Suara Perubahan has 6 specific demands, which are:
- A government free of corruption
- A decent living wage
- A better quality of life
- An end to gender-based violence
- Repeal of the peaceful assembly act
- Free and fair elections
For more information on these demands, read the manifesto here.
On March 8, 2012, International Women’s Day, members of Wanita Suara Perubahan had a public gathering in Brickfields and took the opportunity to speak with the press and to mail copies of the manifesto together with a pair of gloves symbolising the call for clean government to members of each state assembly in the country. We followed this up with a visit to Parliament on March 13 to hand more manifestos and gloves out, this time to the MPs. You can see a video of that event here. And on March 18, 4000 to 5000 persons (the vast majority of them women) marched the streets of Petaling Jaya, singing and chanting and clapping for change before gathering at Padang Astaka for speeches from the organising team, an orang asli woman, and a female politician, and more singing, chanting, and dancing. See our photos from that day here.