Press Statements

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.


Statements in 2015

AWAM Statements

Myth and Reality When It Comes To Rape
17th February 2015
The recent discourse over rape and victim blaming has deeply concerned us and we want to take a closer look at the myths on the issue of rape that have been perpetuated as fact.

JAG Statements

Modest Attire Will Not Prevent Rape
12th February 2015
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) notes the recent Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) Friday sermon ‘Aurat: Antara Kebebasan dan Maruah Diri’ (Aurat: Between freedom and dignity).

Selangor Mufti Must Be Held Accountable For Statement Condoning Domestic Violence
29th January 2015
The Selangor Mufti Department’s objectives include providing “advisory and guidance to the Sultan, the State Government and the society”. Yet its leader is reportedly propagating misogynistic and unlawful views.

Case of Nirmala Thapa, 24 year old Nepali migrant worker jailed for having had an abortion
29th January 2015
As you may recall, the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) highlighted this case to you on 4 December, 2014 in a letter requesting a full and thorough investigation into the incident.

Withdrawing the Appeal Against the Damages Assessment Award to Noorfadilla binti Ahmad Saikin
6th January 2015
The Joint Action Group For Gender Equality (JAG) once again commends the Attorney General’s Chambers for withdrawing the Government’s appeal at the Court of Appeal in the case of Chayed bin Basirun & Ors v Noorfadilla bt Ahmad Saikin.

Statements Endorsed by AWAM

Urge Chinese Government To Release The Feminists Immediately
12th March 2015
We the undersigned organisations, have come together to express our grave disappointment and concern over the recent detention of at least ten feminists by the China government before the International Women’s Day.

GBM statement on N9 Converts law
11th February 2015
Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia welcomes the move by Negeri Sembilan State Government to introduce new regulations to ensure those who wish to convert to Islam dissolve their marriage prior to conversion, and make a statutory declaration on their conversion to Islam.


Previous Years’ Statements

Statements in 2014

AWAM Statements in 2014

AWAM Press Statement on International Human Rights Day
10th December 2014
Today, December 10th, marks the International Human Rights Day.

AWAM’s White Ribbon Campaign 2014 Press Release
7th December 2014

Malaysia’s shame. Scolded and beaten for refusing to be fleeced – KLCC cabbies brutally attack visitor
3rd November 2014
You think you’d be safe in Malaysia’s premier shopping center, the iconic KLCC.

A Woman’s Choice of Clothing
3rd October 2014
Women’s bodies and dressing always seem to be at the forefront of public debate all over the world.

AWAM Press Statement on Sexual Assault Cases in Malaysia
10th September 2014
The issue of rape in Malaysia is one that has been of great concern and contestation for many years. Today, the level of violence in the cases reported is becoming much more alarming, with the numbers steadily rising every year.

AWAM Press Statement on The Star Voices of Moderation Campaign
27th August 2014
Over the past two weeks, The Star has begun a new ‘Voices of Moderation’ campaign that aims to provide a platform for more liberal, moderate and balanced voices of the Malaysian people.

Letter to the Editor (Victim Blaming)
22nd August 2014
Yesterday, it was reported in the News Straits Times that a 15 year old boy allegedly raped his mother in their family home.

Issue of Rape in Malaysia
20th August 2014
The number of reported rape cases in Malaysia currently averages at around 3,000 cases every year. This means that, on average, eight women are raped per day in Malaysia. 

Women’s biological functions not an impediment to women’s leadership
15 July 2014
The attempt by Hafarizam to use religion as a justification for his sexist remark is not only discriminatory but also irrational.

AWAM’s Statement on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
14 July 2014
AWAM is deeply concerned over the impact of this on-going conflict on civilians, particularly women and children.

AWAM’s 9th Charity Treasure Walk-a-Hunt: Team Up for A Difference
2 July 2014

AWAM RESPONSE to NSTP to the gang rape of 15 year old girl in Kereteh, Kelantan
30 May 2014
These survivors/victims deserve more than our outrage; they require from us nothing less than a long term commitment to eradicate violence against women and girls in Malaysia.

AWAM’s response to the Star on photoshopping an image of a bikini-clad Filipino actress to smear DAP candidate, Dyana Sofya
19 May 2014
Women continue to face discrimination, marginalisation and even violence in various fields including in politics.

22 different ways of looking at what it means to be a woman in Malaysia today
25 April 2014
22 artists present their artworks in response to the idea of what it means to be a ‘good’ woman in society, addressing issues of identity and self,community and nationality.

AWAM’s Statement on Male Feminist
20 January 2014
There are no a male feminists or female feminists. Feminism is an ideology. Anyone who embraces this ideology is a feminist.

AWAM’s Statement on Women’s Political Participation
10 January 2014
It is important that women are seen in decision making and political positions. The appointment of women in such positions is a positive first step towards ensuring that more women participate in the political scene.

JAG Statements in 2014

Women’s Reproductive Health at Stake
10th December 2014
A 24 year old Nepali migrant worker was arrested on 9 October 2014, after having undergone a termination of her 6 week pregnancy.

Hentikan Rogol 23.8.14 Media Release (ENG)
23rd August 2014
The last few months have revealed a number of shocking gang rape cases across the nation.

Hentikan Rogol 23.8.14 Media Release (BM)
23 Ogos 2014
Beberapa bulan yang lepas, negara kita telah dikejutkan dengan dua kes rogol yang amat menggemparkan.

Resolve Selangor Crisis, Seize Opportunity to Make History
19th August 2014
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) calls for a speedy resolution to the current political crisis in Selangor. We deplore the waste of public resources and time that could have been spent on more pressing issues.

Hentikan Rogol Aku Kisah! Tindakan awam selurugh negara (BM)
18 August 2014
Ini merupakan seruan kepada semua pihak untuk bertindak mencegah jenayah rogol dan keganasan seksual di Malaysia. Marilah bersama-sama ratusan rakyat prihatin yang lain dalam tindakan awam seluruh negara ini pada 22hb dan 23hb Ogos 2014.

Hentikan Rogol Aku Kisah! Nationwide Action (Eng)
18 August 2014
This is a call for all to stand up against rape and sexual violence in Malaysia. Join hundreds of concerned citizens in this nationwide action, on 22nd and 23rd August 2014.

In the gang-rape case, what were they thinking
3 June 2014
The recent report of a 15-year-old girl allegedly gang-raped by over 30 men has stunned the nation.

JAG letter to the Editor on A woman’s right to choose her clothing
21 January 2014
Last week, various news organisations reported that a primary school teacher in Kota Tinggi, Johor was told by the school board to remove her tudung, or headscarf, if she wanted to continue teaching at the school.

AG spoof ceremony recognising sexism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia wins international contest
29 January 2013

Statements Endorsed by AWAM in 2014


The Destitute Persons Act 1977 (DPA 1977) today is the legacy of the failed British measure to address homelessness by means of arrest and detention. It is evident that even after more than 140 years, homelessness and poverty still exist.

Akta Orang-Orang Papa 1977 (AOP 1977) hari ini merupakan tinggalan penjajah British dan kegagalan pendekatannya untuk menangani isu kemiskinan warga kota dengan cara penangkapan dan penahanan warga miskin kota tanpa rumah.

We, the undersigned organisations have come together to express in the strongest terms our protest against the continuing usage of the repressive, colonial and undemocratic Sedition Act of 1948.

Kami, pertubuhan-pertubuhan seperti di bawah sesungguhnya membantah sekeras-kerasnya penggunaan berterusan undang-undang zalim, kolonial  dan tidak demokratik iaitu Akta Hasutan 1948.

公民社会联署文告:废除煽动法令,成立“废除煽动法令运动” (Chinese)

Reprisals against COMANGO is contrary to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review process
13 January 2014
The Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (COMANGO) strongly denounces the continuing harassment and reprisals against it.

9 January 2014
The Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (COMANGO) is shocked and perturbed that the Secretary General of the Home Ministry of Malaysia has declared COMANGO, through a media statement on 8 January 2014, an “unlawful organization” (“pertubuhan haram”) without attaching a gazetted order by the Home Minister to that effect.


17th December 2014

GBM: Having women leaders is a Nusantara tradition and all misogynic politicians should be rejected
17 July 2014

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) Endorses The Private Member’s Bill On The Social Inclusion Act 2014
24 February 2014


The Civil Society Organisations Media Statement on No State-level Hudud Law without First Renegotiating Malaysia’s Federalism
2 May 2014

Arrest and detention of asylum seekers women accessing maternal health care
2 April 2014

A National Disgrace if Taib Mahmud is appointed as Sarawak’s Head of State
17 February 2014

Statements in 2013

AWAM issued 11 statements in 2013:

26 January 2013
AWAM’s Statement regarding the burning of bibles with the word “Allah”

3 April 2013
AWAM’s Statement on Women’s Candidacy at the GE13

3 April 2013
AWAM’s Statement on Women’s Political Participation

22 April 2013
AWAM’s Letter to the Editor on Women’s Candidates – Diversity in Representation

10 May 2013
AWAM Rejects Ethnic Politics and Embraces Diversity

29 May 2013
AWAM’s Statement on the Legal Status of Abortion

19 June 2013
AWAM’s Statement regarding JAG’s Online Petition to end Child Marriage

6 July 2013
AWAM’s Response to SUKMA Rape case

11 July 2013
AWAM’s Response to Rantau Panjang’s MP’s comments on Women’s Dressing

28 October 2013
AWAM’s response on flexible working arrangement for women

9 November 2013
AWAM’s statement on Domestic Violence against Men

The 2013 AWAM statements can be downloaded here. 

Statements in 2012

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
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.


AWAM Resilient Despite Attacks

Since March 2012, a few individuals and their friends have attempted, through a series of increasingly threatening actions and words, to disrupt activities and events organised or co-organised by AWAM. AWAM’s responses to these are set out at the Media Enquiries page.