Every day, 6 women are raped in Malaysia.
Every day, 4 women are molested in Malaysia.
Let those figures sink in your head for a bit.
Scary, isn’t it, to know how unsafe women are in Malaysia?
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: PERVASIVE, HIDDEN AND UNDER-REPORTED
Compounding that is the fact that Domestic Violence (DV) cases are on the rise as well, with Malaysia seeing more than 4,800 reported cases of domestic violence in 2014 alone.
And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Globally, the figure for unreported cases of DV averages to about a whopping 70%, with the most common reasons being due to fear of reprisals from attackers, feelings of shame or embarassment, or a belief that the incidents were trivial or unimportant.
In Malaysia, it is estimated that 80% of cases go unreported. Out of these 20% of reported cases, 60% are of violence against girls below 18.
In light of such staggering statistics, it is imperative that Malaysian society is aware and enlightened of the pervasive dangers of violence against women.
INTRODUCING THE WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN
The White Ribbon Campaign is an international initiative that highlights men’s roles in ending violence against women while providing a platform for men to be a part of the advocacy fighting violence against women and the social structures that help to perpetuate it.
For almost 30 years, AWAM (All Women’s Action Society) has organised public education activities for civil society groups, schools, universities, the private sector and government-related institutions, to raise awareness on this subject. These activities are complemented with the free counselling services and legal assistance AWAM provides for women survivors of violence.
This year, AWAM is organising the White Ribbon Run again, and it is slated to run on 22 November 2015 at Padang Merbok. Almost 2,500 people participated in the White Ribbon Run last year, of which almost half were men.
AWAM hopes to raise at least RM 100,000 from the upcoming event to fund their operational costs whilst simultaneously creating awareness of gender inequalities in the country and to actively enrol the people of Malaysia to become agents of change.
Last year’s White Ribbon Run artistic endeavours such as an interpretive dance piece led by Nate Wong, and a spoken word performence by Malaysian National Laureate A. Samad Said. Additionally, there was a special event called the ‘Men in Heels: Walk a Mile in her Shoes’, where men literally placed themselves in womens’ shoes and symbolically walked for 100 metres prior to the flag off.
Pledges by men and boys from all walks of life were made as they promised never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against all women and girls.
AWAM and its supporters are determined to continue to champion for women’s rights, bring an end to violence against women and girls and raise awareness that domestic violence against women and girls is a serious scourge that can only be solved through collective social awareness and combined societal effort.
JOIN THE WHITE RIBBON RUN 2015!
AWAM hopes to recreate and even go beyond the success of last year’s event by reaching out to everyone, men and boys especially, on the topic of Domestic Violence, Gender inequalities and and violence against women.
Date: 22 November 2015 (Sunday)
Venue: Padang Merbok
Registration fee: RM 60 (Adult) // RM 30 (Child)
For a glimpse into what last year’s run was like, you can watch the video below:
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See you there!