AWAM’s Feminist Friday (July) — (Un)fair & Lovely: Body Image and Beauty Standards

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“Wah, you really lost weight ah!” “Don’t go out into the sun, later you get dark.” “You eat so much, how to find a husband next time?”

Who gets to be “beautiful,” and why? In our Malaysian societies, many of us are raised to believe in and work towards a narrow set of ideas about how we are supposed to look. These ideas — deeply shaped by Westernisation — influence our relationships with our bodies and ourselves, and our relationships with each other.

What does it take to treat our bodies with more self-acceptance and kindness? Can we dream up a world beyond current standards of “beautiful?”

This is an interactive, creative session that reflects on our ideas about body image and beauty standards, where these ideas come from, their ties to systems of power, and where to go from here. We will make art, tell stories and consider the ways in which we treat our bodies.

Join us for a reflective evening this Friday, 15th July, 8:00-10:00p.m. at AWAM with co-facilitators Amanda Jeysing and Amanda Ng Yann Chwen.

RSVP to Yong Yi at gbv.programs.awam[at] by Thursday, 14th July 2016.

For a more conducive session, please arrive at 8:00pm sharp. Participants arriving past 8:30p.m. will not be able to join the session.

Light refreshments will be served.

Want to be part of AWAM’s staff? WE’RE HIRING!


AWAM would like to invite applications for the following vacancy:

Position: Finance & Admin Officer

Potential candidates should have knowledge and experience of standard employees’ statutory contributions and submissions. They must have a fair understanding and knowledge of regular practices of finance / book-keeping. The person must be people-centred, interested in gender/human and women’s rights issues, be able to work independently and interact easily at all levels.

Key responsibilities:
Responsible for the day-to-day running of the office and ensuring that finance and admin activities are carried out in line with the AWAM’s office guidelines. 


1. Provide assistance to the Treasurer in the administration of AWAM funds.
2. Preparing and submitting relevant financial reports and analysis to the Treasurer/ Working Collective/ Finance Committee.
3. Maintain AWAM’s accounts, including proper recording of all financial transactions (book keeping on Microsoft Excel), proper filing of supporting documents and preparation for annual audits.
4. Ensure timely banking-in of all cash and cheques.
5. Ensure timely payment of all bills e.g. statutory payments, salaries, utilities, etc. and ensure there is proper approval for expenditures.
6. Manage the petty cash, bank accounts and fixed deposit accounts.
7. Implement and maintain AWAM’s Financial Guidelines


  1. Ensure that statutory requirements (e.g., PCB, EPF, SOCSO, Borong E, Borang EA, etc.) are adhered to and submitted in a timely manner.
  2. Ensure the submission of relevant documents to the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
  3. Ensuring that major organizational events such as the Annual General Meeting and Evaluation and Planning meetings are held on time.
  4. Disseminating AWAM correspondence (emails, letters and faxes) to relevant parties.
  5. Ensure proper maintenance and inventory of office equipment and assets.
  6. Responsible for the day-to-day logistics of the AWAM Centre.
  7. Assist the Senior Manager and Human Resource Committee in implementing decisions pertaining to office administration and finance.
  8. Offer administrative support to the different programme areas.

Candidates who have worked with non-governmental organisations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary will commensurate with experience.

How to apply:
Please send us:
(1) a resume; and
(2) a cover letter, which includes a short paragraph stating why you want to work with AWAM.

Send the above application by 22nd July 2016 to Lee Wei San, Senior Programme Manager. Email: with the subject heading: Application for position of Finance & Admin Officer.  Tel: 03 – 7877 4221 (

Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

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



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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/-