nationwide sexual harassment campaign
In recent years, the issue of sexual harassment has been gaining visibility not only in media coverage but also in terms of advocacy and discourse in the public sphere – especially with the #MeToo movement in 2017.
In mid-2019, AWAM has embarked on a mission to develop training manuals on sexual harassment with a specific focus on young adults. These manuals will be translated into the four dominant languages in Malaysia – English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil – with the aim of conducting trainings nationwide next year.
Our primary focus group in 2020 are school-going teenagers.
The four manuals will be completed at the end of 2019.
The May 2018 Malaysian national election sparked a wave of optimism in the country, ending the rule of the single party coalition that had governed since Malaysia’s independence in 1957. The peaceful transition of power was an unexpected turn of events and serves as a model of hope in a region that has recently witnessed pronounced trends towards authoritarianism.
Malaysia is a significant regional and global partner to the United States, and the two countries share a diverse and expanding partnership in trade, investment, security, and educational/cultural relations. There is a long history of people-to-people exchanges and robust economic ties. The U.S. Government is deeply committed to supporting the political reforms taking place in the country, and continues to work with Malaysian counterparts to strengthen the country’s leadership role in the region under the Malaysia Reform Initiative or MARI.