聯合國《消除對婦女一切形式歧視公約》委員會（UN CEDAW Committee）於2017年7月28日就馬來西亞女性權益現況，向馬來西亞政府提出一連串措辭強硬的疑問，因大馬政府提呈給CEDAW委員會的報告中並未提及相關資料。 委員會提及的疑問中包括政府在制定國內法律（如透過性別平等法律）時納入CEDAW公約條款的進展、政府保護女同性戀、雙性戀與跨性別群體免受於暴力對待所採取的措施，例如由國家資助的“康復”營等、提供予遭受雇主虐待的外籍女傭的保護、就民事法與伊斯蘭教法在婚姻與家庭關係上的不一致性所採取的調和措施，以及確保所有女性，包括無國籍或被扣留者可獲得醫療保健的方案。 政府必須在6週內就這些疑問回覆委員會，而這些回覆也將在2018年2月在日內瓦舉辦的CEDAW委員會大馬審查環節中討論。 大馬婦女權活躍分子兼前CEDAW委員會成員珊蒂黛麗安表示：“CEDAW審查是一項國際性機制，以監督政是否按國際準則實踐婦女平權。按時提呈CEDAW報告予聯合國，以及報告的素質皆能顯示政府在履行對國內婦女義務上的承諾。” 馬來西亞的2018年審查將以公開方式進行，並在最後由CEDAW委員會列出一系列建議予馬來西亞政府，包括消除大馬所有女性遭受的歧視並確保她們享有人權的特定措施。 黛麗安強調這些建議的重要性，她指出：“必須認真看待和記錄CEDAW委員會的專業發現，因這將會顯示國內婦女的發展。” 37個馬來西亞非政府組織聯合提呈書面報告予CEDAW委員會，並於今年7月24日出席日內瓦會議時，在向委員會成員簡報中，特別提出一些關鍵議題。 有份出席在日內瓦舉辦的非政府組織簡報的女性律師協會主席譚蕙瑩表示：“CEDAW提供重要機制，確保政府負起保護和提升婦女權益的責任。我們也感到欣慰，因為我們向委員會點出的一些課題，包括馬來西亞一直未把婚內強姦指定為刑事罪，以及逐漸增長的童婚問題等，皆在委員會向政府提出的疑問中獲得關注。” 聯合國《消除對婦女一切形式歧視公約》是婦女人權國際法的主要基礎，也提供政府在落實法律和政策時，在不分文化、國籍和宗教下維護性別平等的指引。 ### 性別平等聯合行動聯盟（JAG） Women’s Aid…
On 8 March 2014, WAO launched its nationwide public education campaign #NoExcuseForAbuse to raise awareness on domestic violence. WAO has worked closely with victim survivors of domestic violence for 32 years. We know that women found it hard to walk away from abuse. Many may not realise that they are being abused. Others continue to believe things will change and justify the abuse without knowing it.
Through this campaign, we want to target the earlier phase of domestic abuse before it snowballs. We are reaching out to those who are in doubt, who are questioning whether things are going right in their relationships. We are also inviting all to make a firm stand that there is no excuse for abuse. And we are introducing TINA, a virtual friend of WAO that victim survivors can reach out to for help.
Be it physical, verbal or emotional, there’s #NoExcuseForAbuse
The campaign comprises the following:
1. Installation Art Exhibition
Enjoy an unusual art exhibition and be more knowledgeable about domestic violence
An installation art exhibition was launched in Publika on 8 March 2014, in conjunction with the International Women’s Day. The installation art is a display of blouses with hand-stitched words representing the voices of victim survivors. Each blouse features a thought that a survivor had told herself when she experienced abuse, i.e., ‘I’m afraid of him, but leaving him will just bring shame to my family,’ or ‘It’s alright, he apologised. He said he’ll never do it again.’ The hand-stitched words together with the blouse are meant to portray a haunting feeling, similar to the fear experienced by domestic violence survivors.
The installation art will be displayed in Publika from 8 – 17 March 2014 and My Hero Hypermarket at Sri Damansara and Puchong from 22 – 31 March 2014. It will also be displayed at other venues in the Klang Valley, East Coast and East Sarawak. Watch this space for the dates of the upcoming events.
2. Pledge of Support – #NoExcuseForAbuse
Take a photo and show your support
Women politicians and women from all walks of life pledged their support to the campaign by uploading their photographs wearing the #NoExcuseForAbuse t-shirts on social media. Politicians from both sides of the aisles namely YB Hajah Nancy Shukri, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department; YB Hannah Yeoh, Selangor Assembly Speaker; YB Nurul Izzah, MP for Lembah Pantai and YB Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, Puteri UMNO Chief came together in a special photography session to say no to abuse. The photographs were launched on social media on 8 March 2014. Staff from Yayasan Sime Darby, one of WAO’s donors, also took part in the photo shoot.
Members of the public are invited to make a pledge too. Use the tag #NoExcuseForAbuse and pledge your support on social media.
3. TINA – SMS helpline
If you or someone you know experience domestic abuse, SMS TINA at 018 988 8058.
TINA is a virtual friend of WAO. TINA, or ‘Think I Need Aid,’ is WAO’s SMS helpline to reach out to victim- survivors of domestic violence.
Some people may find it difficult to call a helpline or talk to a complete stranger. They may be more comfortable to reach out to a friend. As a friend, TINA will encourage survivors to think about her options and point out where she can get help.
TINA SMS helpline is a safe space for all to talk about their inner most feelings. The information shared will be kept confidential.
Radio Public Service Announcements
Look out for our radio public service messages
WAO’s radio public service announcements will be aired from 8 March 2014 onwards.
This campaign is supported by:
US Embassy, TBWA Kuala Lumpur, Studio DL, Publika and My Hero Hypermarket.