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 2017

AWAM Statements


JAG Statements

Stop Mitigating Rape
 Mandarin Version
17 th March 2017
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) express our concern at the statement made by Syariah lawyer Faiz Fadzil in a recent article, suggesting that it is in the best interest for an underage girl to marry, if she has committed illicit sex and has gotten pregnant as a result, so long as both parties agree to the marriage.

Protect Domestic Violence Survivors. Uphold Protection Orders
– BM Version // Mandarin Version
8th March 2017
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) supports the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate Court’s decision to uphold the Protection Order of domestic violence survivor Emilia Hanafi.

JAG Condemns Online Attack and Stands in Solidarity with #WomensMarchKL
– BM Version // Mandarin Version // Tamil Version 
14th March 2017

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) stands in solidarity with young women and allies under attack on Twitter as they share comments and contents in conjunction of the Perarakan Hari Wanita (#WomensMarchKL) event in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 11 March 2017.

Statements Endorsed By AWAM

Plight Of Working Class Women Remain Unresolved After 100 Years
8th March 2017
Every year, on this day, women are celebrated the world over for the unique role they play in society.

Justice for Sameera: Ensure Thorough Investigation & Hold Perpetrators Accountable
3rd March 2017
We, the undersigned, are deeply saddened by the senseless murder of Sameera Krishnan, a young transgender woman on 23rd February 2017 at about 3:30 a.m. in Kuantan, Malaysia.


Previous Years’ Statements

Statements in 2016

AWAM Statements

White Ribbon Flash Mob Press Statement
– [Mandarin Version]
1st October 2016
The All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) organised a flash mob at Publika on October 1st to raise awareness for our upcoming White Ribbon Run on November 27th.

Press Statement On AWAM’s White Ribbon Run 2016
– [Mandarin Version]
21st July 2016
The All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) will be holding the White Ribbon Run for the 4th Year, and this year, the campaign will be held in partnership with the High Commission of Canada in Malaysia.

Joint Press Statement with Pusat Khidmat ADUN Damansara Utama on Anti-Rogol Website
– [Mandarin Version]
28th June 2016
Yeo Bee Yin, of Pusat Khidmat ADUN Damansara Utama, in conjunction with All Women’s Action Society (AWAM), kicked off their second collaboration centered on anti-rape awareness today.

Vivian Lee Press Statement  
[Mandarin Version]
30th May 2016
The All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) is deeply concerned by the decision of the Sessions Court to sentence Vivian Lee May Ling to six months in jail for her role in uploading a Ramadan bak kut teh post on Facebook.

AWAM’s Letter to the Editor on International Women’s Day 
8th March 2016
On International Women’s Day (IWD) this year, we at AWAM take a moment to take stock of the state of women in Malaysia.

JAG Statements

Accusations of Foreign Intervention Unfounded
21st December 2016
We, a group of concerned civil society organisations, condemn the attempts by the Malaysian government to discredit human rights work through the vilification of international funding for civil society. We are committed in our pursuit towards creating an enabling environment for democratic participation and good governance.

Stop The Intimidation and Release Bersih Chairperson, Maria Chin Abdullah
21st November 2016
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) strongly condemns the arrest of Maria Chin Abdullah, the chairperson of BERSIH 2.0, on November 18, 2016 and call for her immediate release.

Prosecute Those Who Make Death Threats Against Human Rights Defenders And Their Families
18 October 2016
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality is outraged and appalled at the death threats made against Maria Chin Abdullah and her three sons, Ambiga Sreenevasan, and Mandeep Karpall.

Death Threats Against Human Rights Defenders Must Be Addressed
22nd September 2016
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) stands in solidarity with Maria Chin Abdullah, the chair of BERSIH 2.0, and denounces in the strongest terms the death threats made against her.

Wang 1MDB Diseleweng, Hak Rakyat Makin Ditindas
24 August 2016
Gabungan Kumpulan Wanita Bertindak bagi Kesamarataan Gender (JAG) menyuarakan kemarahan dan kekecewaan kami terhadap kes korupsi yang membabitkan wang berjumlah $3.5 bilion yang telah dicuri daripada dana 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)

Increasing powers of Syariah Courts may lead to violation of human rights in Malaysia
31st May 2016
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) express our concern at the tabling of the Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, to increase the punishments meted out by Syariah courts.

Domestic Violence – Suffer The Children
31st May 2016
Last week, the Penang High Court found Ng Chiam Huat guilty of murdering his wife. He had set her alight after dousing her with petrol in their living room in front of their children.

Consultation before Amendments – Keep the Internet Free
16th May 2016
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is gravely concerned over the proposal to amend the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA).

JAG Statement on PDRM
5th May 2016
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) questions the need of the decision by The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to conduct a pilot project which places two police officers and a Sergeant at the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) to assist in the enforcement of Syariah laws.

JAG: Abuse of Authority By JAWI Must End
6th April 2016
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is appalled by the latest news of a raid by the Federal Territories Islamic Department (JAWI) of a private charity fundraising event by a transgender community and the unlawful arrest of the event organizer, Ira Sophia.

JAG Statement on the Breach of Noorfadilla’s Constitutional Rights
19th February 2016
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is deeply concerned with the judgement of the Shah Alam High Court recently, on damages awarded to Noorfadilla Ahmad Saikin.

Statements Endorsed by AWAM

Malaysia Must Act and Halt Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingyas by Myanmar Government
30th November 2016
We, the Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia and the following undersigned organizations, strongly condemn the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas in Rakhine state and call on the Myanmar government to immediately stop its military operation that is tantamount to a serious crime against humanity.

LGBT Malaysians Uphold Democracy Not Because We Are Militants But Because We Are Citizens
29th November 2016
We are appalled and puzzled by the absurd, irresponsible and inaccurate claims made by the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) chief executive Azril Mohd Amin regarding LGBT persons in two news articles dated 27 November 2016.

Free Maria Chin – Abolish SOSMA!
24th November 2016
We, the undersigned civil society organizations, strongly condemn the detention of the chairperson of Bersih 2.0, Maria Chin Abdullah, on 18 November 2016 for 28 days under the new Internal Security Act (ISA) – the draconian Security Offence (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).

Join Bersih 5 Rally and Support Institutional Reform!
18th November 2016
Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) calls on all Malaysians, regardless of race and religion, to join the Bersih 5 rally on November 19 and support the five demands of the rally for clean elections, clean government, strengthening of parliamentary democracy, the right to dissent and empowering Sabah and Sarawak.

Civil Society Condemns Death Threats Against Bersih 2-0 Leaders
24th October 2016
We, the undersigned organizations, are extremely appalled and strongly condemn the death threats against the chairperson of Bersih 2.0, Maria Chin and her three children, former Chair of Bersih 2.0 and current president of National Human Rights Society, Ambiga Sreenevasan and Bersih 2.0 staff, Mandeep Singh.

Police Must Investigate, Arrest, and Charge Jamal Yunus and other Perpertrators of Violence
14 October 2016
We, the undersigned organizations, call on the Inspector General of Police to immediately investigate, arrest and charge the head of UMNO Sungai Besar Division Chief, Jamal Md Yunus and other perpetrators of violence for criminal intimidation and violence against the Bersih 5 convoy participants on October 1st to uphold the rule of law in this country.

53rd Anniversary Of The Formation Of Malaysia
15th September 2016
On the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of the formation of Malaysia on September 16, Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GMB) calls on all Malaysians to revisit the MalaysiaAgreement, to understand the spirit of the social contract that lays the very foundation of the formation of Malaysia and to unite under the Malaysia Agreement to build a more just and inclusive Malaysia for everyone.

Anak Muda Menggerakkan Mobilisasi Besar Besaran
27 August 2016
Genap setahun yang lepas, seramai 35 orang anak muda ditahan di Sogo kerana menjalankan protes #TangkapNajib

Establish Royal Commission on ESSCOM and Hostage Crisis Management
21st June 2016
We, the following organizations, calls for the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry to probe the effectiveness of Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZONE) and hostage crisis management in Sabah, following the latest mishandling of the “Sibu 4” hostage crisis which involves public and family contribution of RM 12 million.

Statements in 2015

AWAM Statements

AWAM’s Press Release on International Human Rights Day
10 December 2015
December 10th marks the International Human Rights Day. This day is recognized globally to commemorate the day in 1948, in which the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

White Ribbon 2015 Event Day Press Release
22nd November 2015
The All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) held its third White Ribbon Run at Padang Merbok today.

The White Ribbon Run 2015 Pre-Launch
29th October 2015
This is AWAM’s third public event to call on men and boys to be part of the solution to end violence against women. This year, we highlight the theme of “The Story of a Generation”. A generation of men and boys of all ages coming together to end violence again women.

Happy Malaysia Day from AWAM
15th September 2015
AWAM would like to wish all Malaysians a Happy Malaysia Day this 16th of September. 

Press Release on AWAM’S White Ribbon Forum
5th September 2015
Why is men’s involvement important to the movement in ending violence against women?

AWAM Press Statement on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
8th July 2015
The All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) welcomes the statement by Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun that the ministry will push for a standalone sexual harassment bill as reported in The Star on July 5th, 2015.

AWAM Press Statement on Maternity Aurat Pants
6th July 2015
Over the past week, various news outlets have reported about the introduction of maternity pants for Muslim women to cover their aurat (or intimate parts) through the process of childbirth.

Post Event Press Release On AWAM’s Treasure Hunt
1st June 2015
The All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) held its 10th Treasure Walk-a-Hunt at Viva Shopping Mall, Cheras, on Sunday March 31st.

Press Release on Treasure Hunt Action
15th May 2015
The Charity Treasure Walk-a-Hunt is an annual event hosted by AWAM to raise awareness for its efforts to eliminate gender-based discrimination in Malaysian civil society.

AWAM’s Press Statement on Statutory Rape
13th May 2015
The All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) would like to express our great disappointment in the Malaysian legal system for failing to understand the importance of punishing perpetrators of child sexual abuse by allowing a man convicted of rape to walk free from the crime he committed.

Women Do Not Owe Their Husbands Sex
29th April 2015
Last week, Damansara Utama DAP Assemblyperson Yeo Bee Yin, along with AWAM, launched a digital rape awareness campaign with the tagline ‘No Excuse to Rape’

AWAM’s 10th Annual Treasure Walk-a-Hunt Press Release
8th April 2015
The AWAM Charity Treasure Walk-a-Hunt is back for its tenth year!

AWAM’s International Women’s Day Event
10th March 2015
In almost every society, women face expectations as to how they should behave, talk, and even think. What happens when we do not fit in expected labels?

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

Letter to the Editor Decrying Threats to G25 Spokesperson Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin
16th December 2015
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is outraged and appalled at statements made on social media by Sharul Nizam Ab Rahim, president of the Animal Action Group, threatening to break into Datuk Noor Farida’s bedroom and rape her.

Nirmala’s Acquittal Welcome but Reproductive Rights Still a Concern
21st September 2015
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) welcomes the decision by Sessions Court Judge Puan M. Vijayalakshmi to acquit Nepali migrant worker Nirmala Thapa of the charge laid against her under Section 315 of the Penal Code (an act involving intent to prevent a child being born alive, or, to cause it to die after birth). We are grateful that justice has finally prevailed.

Don’t Blame Women For Making Your Own Bad Decisions
8th September 2015
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) expresses concern at the comments made by Prime Minister Najib Razak, published by Malaysiakini on September 6th, in which he stated that, “If our wives start acting up, our heads are frayed and we cannot become good leaders or elected representatives.”

JAG Statement In Support Of Bersih 4
26th August 2015
As the build-up to this weekend’s Bersih 4 rally rises to a crescendo, the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) lends its voice to call upon everyone in Malaysia, especially women, to support this initiative and join us on the streets on the 29th and 30th of August.

Stop mixing-up stats – Women do not outnumber men in labour force
17th August 2015
We refer to the Bernama news article titled “Women’s Participation In Malaysian Labour Force Increased To 53.6 Per Cent” published on 13 August 2015. The article regretfully quotes inaccurate information, which is extremely misleading.

JAG Statement on Marital Rape
12th June 2015
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is deeply disappointed by the de facto Law Minister, Nancy Shukri’s statement on June 10th that the government has decided not to criminalise marital rape. 

JAG Expresses Shock Over Arbitrary Dress Code Enforcement in Government Offices
9th June 2015
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) expresses shock at the treatment of a woman who was refused service at a Road Transport Department (RTD) office for allegedly dressing in a manner which was too ‘revealing’.

Malaysia must act now to save human lives, protect victims of trafficking
18th May 2015
We are appalled at the impending loss of life, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting the thousands of trafficked migrants, stateless persons and refugees now being ping-ponged by sea between Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Equating women politicians with “leaking pipes” due to menses
16th April 2015
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) wishes to express its deep disappointment in response to the recent statement made by a Barisan Nasional MP for Baling Kedah, YB Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, in the Dewan Rakyat.

Aiyoh Wat Lah 2015 Press Statement
29th March 2015
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equailty (JAG) is proud to present the opening of votes for the ‘Aiyoh Wat Lah!’ Awards, and with it a fresh crop of bigotry from 2014

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

Threat of Sexual Assault – Civil Society in solidarity with Datuk Noor Farida and G25
17th December 2015
We, the following civil society organisations, condemn the efforts made to coerce and silence the group of prominent Malays known collectively as G25.

Ancaman Serangan Seksual – Masyarakat Sivil bersolidariti dengan Noor Farida dan G25 (BM Version)
17th December 2015
Kami, pertubuhan-pertubuhan masyarakat sivil yang berikut, mengecam usaha-usaha pihak tertentu untuk mengancam dan mendiamkan kumpulan tokoh Melayu yang dikenali sebagai G25.

性侵恐吓:公民社会声援G25和法丽达 (Mandarin Version)
17th December 2015

Outright Statement on LGBT MIgrant workers in ASEAN
19th November 2015
OutRight Action International, together with civil society organizations, urge the ASEAN leaders to address the concerns of migrant worker groups from ASEAN countries, who are currently working in other countries without labor protections, including protections from violence and discrimination.

GBM on Himpunan Maruah Melayu and post-Bersih 4 witchhunt
8th September 2015
In response to the recent call for assembly to be converged on the Malaysia Day on September 16 under the name of, ‘Himpunan Maruah Melayu’ (HMM or Rally for Malay Dignity),  Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) holds the following view

GBM supports BERSIH 4 for 10 Institutional Reforms
3rd August 2015
Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) urges all Malaysians to demand institutional reforms by participating in the peaceful assemblies of Bersih 4 in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu on 29-30 August

Crackdown on the Edge demonstrates dire desperation of government
27th July 2015
Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) condemns, in strongest terms, government’s suspension of the Edge Daily and the Edge Weekly for three months, in its desperate attempt to cover up the 1MDB scandal.

Kuala Lumpur CPO responsible for police’s failure to prevent Low Yat riot
16th July 2015
Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) demands the Kuala Lumpur Chief Police Officer (CPO) to explain the police failure in preventing the riot at Low Yat Plaza, which is only 1.2 km or 7-minute drive away from the City Police headquarters.

Citizens Against Rape Press Statement On The Tabling Of The Definition Of Rape
13th July 2015
Recently, de facto law minister Nancy Shukri highlighted that the definition of rape will be broadened and tabled at the next Parliamentary sitting. 

Citizens Against Rape (Hentikan Rogol – Stop Raping Our Children)
4th June 2015
A group or concerned individuals and organisations have come together as “Citizens Against Rape” to organise peaceful public actions at two venues in Malaysia on Sunday, June 7th.

Hentikan Rogol – Stop Raping Our Children!
28th May 2015
The recent decision of the Court of Appeal to acquit a 60 year old man who fathered a child with a 15 year old girl allegedly through the insertion of his semen-smeared finger sent shockwaves across the nation.

Joint Statement by Civil Society Organisations Inclusive, Open and Rational Debates and Dialogues on Kelantan’s Syariah Criminal Code
8th April 2015
With regards to the controversial proposal to enforce Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code II (1993) 2015 [KSCC], we the undersigned organisations call for inclusive, open and rational debates and deliberation involving all stakeholders.

Civil Society Call for the Immediate Release of TMI Chief Editor and Publisher
2nd April 2015
We, the following civil society organisations call upon the Police to respect Malaysians’ right to be informed on the implementation of Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code (SCC), which has far reaching implications to the entire country.

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.

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.