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Smacking Sense into Chauvinists Their Own Way (The Rakyat Post)

My comment about the Joint Action Group’s for Gender Equality’s (JAG) social media response to a group of NGOs’ offer to pay anyone RM1,200 to slap Member of Parliament Teresa Kok:

Yu said the decision on campaigning via social media was influenced by the fact that Malaysians were major users of the medium. “Getting the word out is important”.

Ultimately, the objective, Yu said, was sharing the message that Malaysians were not going to accept such behaviour.

“Using visuals is quite effective.”

On what other other action was being contemplated, Yu said it depended on what happened next.

“We want the law enforcement agencies to take action.”

The Facebook post produced by JAG generated more than 1,600 shares in the two days after it was posted.

Read the full article published in The Rakyat Post on 9 February 2014.

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Malaysia must take Cedaw seriously (The Malay Mail)

My (somewhat poorly reported) comment on the Malaysian government’s obligation to submit its CEDAW report:

“Malaysia as a member of Cedaw has an obligation to submit a report to it once every four years,” said Yu Ren Chung, advocacy officer of Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO).

Yu said Malaysia was supposed to have sent five reports but to date, they have only submitted one.

Cedaw is part of the United Nation’s agreement that is known as the International Bill for women’s rights.

Malaysia has been a member of Cedaw since 1995 and had submitted an initial report in 2006.

“The women NGOs under JAG have written an alternative report for the Cedaw in 2011 because the government report was not submitted properly,” added Yu.

Clarification: Malaysia is a state party to (not member of) CEDAW. The government’s 3rd and 4th combined CEDAW report was not submitted on time.

Read the full article published in The Malay Mail on 6 February 2013.