婦女援助組織（WAO） 2015年3月6日 新聞稿 更多詳情請聯絡：Siti Hazwani，firstname.lastname@example.org “婦女援助組織”（WAO）與《美麗佳人》雜誌（Marie Claire）於本月攜手進行一項社交媒體活動，名為“美麗佳人為一個好的理由起床”。 這項活動的宗旨是推廣婦女暴力醒覺以及為“婦女援助組織”（WAO）籌款，協助該組織提供必要的援助和服務予家暴受害者。 每上傳一個“自拍起床照”到Instagram或Twitter，並標籤#marieclairemalaysia和#mcwakeup2agoodcause，《美麗佳人》將捐出10令吉予WAO。 這項由女性名人發起的活動，獲得廣大的支持，為我們帶來極大的鼓舞。 可惜，一些人士選擇忽視這項活動所傳達的重要訊息，反而利用這項活動來貶低女性。其中，以黛安娜（Dyana Sofya）受到的攻擊尤其令人反感。黛安娜日前響應上述活動，上傳一張自拍照，卻被歧視女性者指責她利用身體募款。 終止婦女暴力是一項人權課題，這項自拍募款活動號召大家為一個好的理由，開展每一天的生活，以行動支持這項活動。 事實是，那些貶低黛安娜的人士，已經太習慣於把女性性化與物化，他們並不為女性享有與男性同等的地位。正是這種要不得的心態，滲透到社會當中，使女性暴力問題未受到正視。…
WOMEN’S Aid Organisation (WAO) received a letter from the police on March 11 in response to its annual request for the 2010 statistics on Violence against Women (VAW) from the Sexual Crimes and Child Abuse Division. The statistics include incidences of domestic violence, rape, incest, domestic worker abuse and child abuse. The police to our surprise regretfully informed us that they were unable to provide us with these statistics with the reason that these figures are classified as confidential documents.
WAO has been receiving this information without impediment for many years and as such felt that this arbitrary decision was a mere oversight or mistake on the part of the police. We thus wrote a second letter on April 1, appealing the police decision to deny us the statistics. In the letter we also outlined the reasons for which we required the statistics.
The press and women’s groups were alerted. When the Inspector-General of Police, Ismail Omar, was questioned by the press he said that he had no inkling of WAO’s request for access to the 2010 Crime/ VAW Statistics prepared by Bukit Aman’s Sexual Crimes and Child Abuse Division. “I haven’t seen the application. I have no idea what it’s about,” he said.
On April 28, WAO received the statistics from Bukit Aman with a letter informing us that the statistics were for reference and research purposes only and could not be distributed to a third party.
The reasons why WAO requests for these statistics are to understand the incidences and trends of VAW. As a service provider that has been around for over 28 years it assists us in tailoring our crisis intervention services for women in Malaysia. It also helps shape our public education programmes. Lastly, it helps us lobby for allocation of resources not just for NGOs but also for the Welfare Department and the police.
WAO is unhappy and dissatisfied with the restrictive use of this information. The police have not given any substantiated reasons as to the restrictive use and the need to hide such information. We maintain the position that freedom and access of information is central to a democratic process and that these statistics and all statistics of public interest should be made available in the public domain without any hindrance by the authorities. Access to such information is not only vital to WAO and civil society but it should be recognised that we have a right to have access to such information.
Women’s Aid Organisation