This page contains AWAM and JAG press statements. AWAM statements in the news can be found at our Newsroom. For AWAM’s presence on other media, do check out AWAM in the Media.
AWAM’s statement on domestic violence against men - 9 November 2013
While there are reports of increase in domestic violence against men, the reason for such violence is still not ascertained.
AWAM response on flexible working arrangement for women - 28 October 2013
Although promoting flexible working arrangement for women may increase women’s participation in the workforce, it would be preferable to promote flexible working options for ‘parents’, rather than just women or mothers.
AWAM’s Statement on Proposed Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code and Penal Code on Domestic Violence and Rape - 26 September 2013
When it comes to rape and other forms of sexual assault against women and children, heavier sentences may not always work. Punishment is only one aspect in addressing the issue of sexual assault.
AWAM’s statement on Malaysian women after 56 years of Merdeka - 28 August 2013
Women have gained some grounds in terms of the recognition of their contributions to, and position in society. However, we still have a long way to go.
AWAM’s statement on the recent Domestic Violence videos - 15 August 2013
Recently, two videos depicting situations of domestic violence has surfaced on YouTube, and has even become front page news on The Star over two days (15 and 16 August).
AWAM’s statement on hostile environment for women in public and political spaces - 6 August 2013
Traditional gender stereotypes are so deeply-entrenched in our society such that the notion that a woman’s place is in the home and that the care of the family is her main responsibility is still a widely-held belief.
AWAM Letter to Editor on 30% quota for women in local council - 30 July 2013
The All Women Action Society (AWAM) welcomes the Selangor’s state initiative to make it compulsory to have 30% of members of the local council be women, from the 1st of January 2014. This is a necessary step to even out an uneven playing field as women’s representation in politics have been consistently poor.
AWAM’s Statement on Rantau Panjang’s MP’s comments on Women’s Dressing - 11 July 2013
No woman wants or deserves to be assaulted regardless of how she dresses, and every woman who is assaulted is entitled to justice without having to suffer humiliation or the destruction of her privacy and dignity.
AWAM’s Statement on SUKMA Rape case - 6 July 2013
Reports of rape must be taken seriously at all times, not only when it involves sports and the image of the country.
AWAM’s Statement on JAG’s Petition to End Child Marriage - 19 June 2013
JAG’s petition to the Prime Minister to end child marriage has almost reached our initial target of 1000 signatures, so we have in fact, increased the target to 3000 signatures to allow more Malaysians to sign on. The positive response to the petition indicates that many in Malaysia are against child marriage and want to see an end to such a practice.
AWAM’s Statement on the Legal Status of Abortion - 29 May 2013
It is a common misconception that abortions are illegal in Malaysia. Malaysia is one of the few countries with the least restrictive laws governing abortion.
AWAM’s Letter to the Editor on Ethnic Politics and Embracing Diversity - 10 May 2013
The recent references to a ‘Chinese Tsunami’ by national leaders and sensationalist news coverage such as “Orang Cina Malaysia, apa lagi yang anda mahu?” from Utusan, are obvious attempts at dividing the rakyat.
AWAM’s Letter to the Editor on Women’s Candidates- Diversity in Representation - 22 April 2013
AWAM supports women candidates that have a well-known human rights track record, and who demonstrate their integrity and commitment to the interests of the rakyat.
AWAM’s statement on Women’s Political Participation at the GE13 - 3 April 2013
AWAM believes that women must be represented at all levels of decision-making. If political parties are serious about ensuring women’s voices are heard and represented, they must field women candidates in winnable seats.
AWAM’s statement on Women Candidates - 3 April 2013
There must be political will to level the playing field and field women candidates.
AWAM Statement regarding the burning of bibles with the word “Allah” - 26 January 2013
As a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society, it is important to be able to engage and discuss diversity and difference in a respectful manner.
JAG Press Statement: Violence against women clauses must be improved, withdraw bill and consult public - 22 October 2013
This morning, the government withdrew two problematic clauses in the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, on vandalism and insulting the national flag. This is not enough – the Bill should be withdrawn in its entirety.
JAG’s Press Statement: Government withdraws appeal; CEDAW has the force of law - 27 June 2013
If it wasn’t crystal clear before today, it is now: the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has the force of law in Malaysia.
JAG’s response to Wanita ISMA’s statement on whipping and Syariah Criminal Offences - 24 June 2013
JAG wishes to reiterate its stand against whipping and canning as a form of punishment irregardless of the crimes committed. Whipping violates the fundamental principles of human rights, and is an archaic and medieval form of punishment.
JAG’s Letter to the Editor on Syariah Criminal Offences Law - 14 June 2013
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is deeply disturbed over the news report that the Johor Religious Department has whipped 24 women and 17 men since 4 April 2013 and sentenced another 22 women and 17 men to the same fate for allegedly committing incest and having sex outside of wedlock.
JAG Press Statement on Winners of the ‘Aiyoh…Wat Lah?!’ Awards 2013 - 26 May 2013
In this annual spoof awards where nobody wants to win, winners can at least celebrate their success in grabbing headlines for the wrong reasons.
JAG Press Statement on the number of women in the Cabinet - 17 April 2013
The importance of appointing more women to the Cabinet cannot be underestimated.
JAG Press Statement on Protecting Our Children From Rapists and Paedophiles (English) - 13 May 2013
Laws and practices that are harmful to children’s well-being must be challenged and
rectified. We cannot allow our children to be sexually assaulted and yet do nothing to stop it.
JAG Press Statement on Protecting Our Children From Rapists and Paedophiles (BM) -13 May 2013
Undang-undang dan amalan yang memudaratkan kanak-kanak perlu dicabar dan diperbaiki. Kita tidak boleh membiarkan sahaja penderaan seksual kanak-kanak berterusan. Semua kanak-kanak perlu dilindungi walau bagaimana cara sekalipun. Tanggungjawab dan amanah ini perlu kita laksanakan segera.
JAG Press statement on the Aiyoh Wat Lah 2013 Awards (English) - 12 March 2013
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) announced today the nominees for the Aiyoh… Wat Lah?! Awards 2013, and opened voting to the public.
JAG Press Statement on the Aiyoh…Wat Lah?! Awards 2013 (BM) - 12 March 2013
Gabungan Kumpulan Wanita Bertindak bagi Kesamarataan Gender (JAG) hari ini mengumumkan senarai nomini untuk Anugerah Aiyoh… Wat Lah?! 2013, serta membuka undian kepada orang ramai.
JAG Press Statement on Kotakan Kata (English) - 5 February 2013
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) welcomes our Prime Minister’s promise that “the government would hasten effort to make changes to legislation, regulations, practices and thinking that obstructed the progress of women.”
JAG Press Statement on Kotakan Kata (BM) - 5 February 2013
JAG mengalu-alukan kenyataan Perdana Menteri yang menjamin “kerajaan bersedia melakukan perubahan terhadap undang-undang, peraturan, amalan dan pemikiran yang menghalang wanita untuk lebih maju”.
JAG Press statement on Rape (English) 16 January 2013
Today, we remember ‘Nirbhaya’, which means ‘fearless’, a name given to a courageous young woman who fought for two weeks to survive horrific injuries from a brutal gang rape on 16 December 2012 in New Delhi.
JAG Press statement on Rape (BM) - 16 January 2013
Hari ini, kami mengingati ‘Nirbhaya’, nama yang membawa makna ‘berani’, bersempena nama seorang wirawati yang berarung nyawa selama dua minggu setelah cedera parah akibat dirogol dengan ganas di New Delhi.
JAG Press statement on Rape (Tamil) - 16 January 2013
Statements endorsed by AWAM
Drop the charges against Malaysian human rights defender Lena Hendry - 2 October 2013
AWAM issued 13 statements in 2012:
1) Rising number of snatch thefts – April
2) Whether there is a need for a sexual offenders registry – June
3) How NGOs raise funds and yet maintain their independence – July
4) Use of pre-nuptial agreements to safeguard women – Aug
5) The directive by police to clothe women detained in anti-vice raids in robes – Aug
6) Sentencing decisions of recent statutory rape cases – Aug
7) Rising number of robberies in car parks targeting women – June
8) The Education Ministry’s endorsement of gay guidelines – Sept
9) Introducing and Using Victim Impact Statements in Court – Sept
10) Provision of Mandatory Sentencing for Convicted Rapists – Oct
11) Provision of Prescribing Mandatory Jail Sentences for Convicted Rapists – Oct
12) High Court overturning Session Court’s decision on jailing of rapist – Nov
13) Setting up of NGO to support men accused of violence: Man Aid Force – Dec
The 2012 AWAM statements can be downloaded here.
JAG, a coalition of non-governmental organisations of which AWAM is a part, issued 15 statements in 2012:
1) Jail sentence not way to reduce baby-dumping – Feb 5
2) Right of Pregnant Women to Work – Feb 7
3) Anti-Ambiga posters: Attacks against women human rights defenders – Feb 24
4) Lynas – March 6
5) Guppy, equal retirement age – March 23
6) On Najib’s role as Women’s Minister – April 10
7) Kedah’s New Fatwa Ruling Equates Man’s Word to God – April 19
8) Malaysia’s questionable process of law reform – May 14
9) Gender stereotypes in the media – June 29
10) On attacks against Ambiga – June 29
11) JAG urges Judiciary to Clarify the Noor Afizal Azizan judgement – August 10
12) Consider needs and perspectives of our young – August 30
13) Not a routine investigation (SUARAM) – September 24
14) On PM’s ‘no need for women’s groups’ – October 2
15) More consultation in rape laws – October 18
The 2012 JAG statements can be downloaded here.