The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is a coalition of non-governmental organisations that work towards gender equality. It was formed in 1985 as the Joint Action Group Against Violence Against Women (JAG-VAW) by the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL), Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Women’s Committee, Selangor and Federal Territory Consumer’s Association (Women and Media Section), University Women’s Association, and Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO). The coalition’s first campaign was the IWD ’85 workshop and exhibition that led to AWAM’s own founding.
At present, JAG comprises the following organisations:
- All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)
- Association of Women Lawyers Malaysia (AWL)
- Justice For Sisters
- Perak Women for Women (PWW)
- Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower)
- Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor (PSWS)
- Sabah Women’s Action-Resource Group (SAWO)
- Sarawak Women for Women Society (SWWS)
- Sisters in Islam (SIS)
- Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO)
- Women’s Centre for Change (WCC)
Over the years, JAG has spearheaded multiple campaigns and legal reform efforts, leading to such milestones as the 1994 Domestic Violence Act and the inclusion of “gender” under Article 8(2) of the Federal Constitution in 2001. More recent projects by JAG include:
- Wanita Suara Perubahan, a 5000-strong rally for clean governance (more information here)
- Fiesta Feminista, a nationwide feminist conference led by young women and newer advocates
- Aiyoh…Wat Lah?! Awards, a parody awards show to highlight misogyny, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia in public spaces
- Undi Anda Suara Anda, a video by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality to encourage Malaysian women to vote in the 13th General Elections and take this opportunity to highlight issues which are most important to us as women.
Besides law reform, movement building, and public education campaigns, JAG also focuses its efforts on documenting violations of women’s rights and gender equality, notably for inclusion in CEDAW shadow/alternative reports, and on writing press statements in response to particularly important issues or egregious examples of sexism and discrimination by public figures and institutions.
Recent press statements by JAG can be found here.