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…
Press Statement from Women’s Aid Organisation
For Immediate Release
Women’s Aid Organisation
celebrates 30 years of empowering women
PETALING JAYA, 12 September 2012 – September 2012 is a commemorative month for the Women’s Aid Organisation. It has been 30 years since the organisation open its doors to women and children affected by domestic violence.
The chances are high that you may know a sister, a mother, cousin, friend or work colleague who is experiencing domestic violence. “It was a pivotal decision in 1982, when a courageous group of women and men decided to break the silence on domestic violence by opening Malaysia’s first Refuge for abused women and their children” said Mok Chuang Lian, President of WAO, speaking at the press conference.
Founder member Dato’ Noor Farida Ariffin added, “The WAO shelter was the brainchild of one of the country’s most distinguished statesmen, a gender-sensitive man and a loving husband and father who was deeply concerned about the plight of women who were the victims of abuse at the hands of their husbands and partners. He was none other than Tun Tan Siew Sin, Malaysia’s former Finance Minister and President of the MCA. His donation of RM34,000 for the specific purpose of founding a shelter for abused women, turned the dreams of women activists working on the issue of domestic violence into reality”.
The donation was entrusted to Puan Sri Chong Eu Ngoh, the former Deputy Director of the Welfare Department who subsequently approached a number of women activists, including Dato’ Noor Farida who was then the Director of the Legal Aid Bureau and the President of the Association of Women Lawyers, to set up a steering committee with the specific task of forming an organization to work on the issue of domestic violence.
30 years later, WAO continues to lead on the issue of domestic violence and advocate for effective implementation of the Domestic Violence Act (DVA). Since 1982, WAO has reached out and assisted about 40,000 women and their children through its shelter, telephone counselling and face to face counselling according to WAO’s Annual Statistics 2011. The organisation also played a key role in lobbying and successfully passing the DVA in 1994.
To mark WAO’s 30th anniversary, the Women’s Aid Organisation celebrates 30 years of empowering women with a Pesta WAO, an event that will bring everyone together, from pioneer volunteers to young supporters with interest in WAO’s work and women’s rights, in general.
“It will be a fun-filled family friendly event. We suggest that you bring a shopping bag as there will be plenty to buy at low prices and let’s not forget that Malaysians love their food. Enjoy delicious satays, ice cream potong while the kids bounce away on our inflatable castle. Meet the team of people who have made it happen in 1982. Rest assured, there’s something for everyone on that special day”, said Ivy Josiah, Executive Director of WAO.
WAO is also expanding its online presence with the launch of its twitter @womensaidorg. It will be another platform to interact with supporters aside from its existing website: www.wao.org.my and facebook.com/womens.aid.org
The excitement continues for WAO as the organisation will be featured on the National Geographic channel on Malaysia Day. In 2011, philanthropic adventurer Morgan Parker of Wheel2Wheel travelled 25,000 kilometres on a 125-day journey through Asia to showcase the work of ten charitable organizations tackling some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian issues. WAO was the only chosen NGO in Malaysia.
To watch, tune in to National Geographic Adventure on Channel 148 via Unifi’s HyppTV to watch Women’s Aid Organisation in the Wheel2Wheel series on Sunday, 16 September at 8.05pm.
Women’s Aid Organisation gets to continue its work in eliminating domestic violence and violence against women for 30 years because of the support given by the community, who are also advocates of the cause.
For more information, please contact:
Ivy Josiah, Executive Director @ email@example.com
Vivian Yap, Projects Executive @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Nunis, Projects Officer @ email@example.com
P.O Box 493, Jalan Sultan
46760 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03 7957 5636 / 03 7957 0636
Fax: 03 7956 3237
About Women’s Aid Organisation:
Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is a non-profit, non-religious and independent organization with a vision to create a society that persist the principles of gender equality. WAO’s mission is to promote and create respect, protection and fulfilment of equal rights for women and to work towards the elimination of discrimination against women, and to bring about equality between women and men.
WAO is involved in public education to create awareness of Violence Against Women and women’s rights, and does advocacy on legal reform, in particular, policies and laws that discriminate against women.
WAO provides shelter to battered women and their children, single and pregnant women, abused migrant women and trafficked women at the Refuge. WAO also offers face-to-face counseling, telephone counseling and legal advice to women in need of support.
At the WAO Child Care Centre, children of domestic violence survivors are given a safe space a safe home, education, clothes, food and a good support system to help them start their healing process away from the violence.