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AWL Press Statement No. 5 of 2016 - Decision on Abortion in Zika Infection Cases Is A Medical Concern

  • Posted on: 26 September 2016
  • By: admin1

26th September, 2016


The Association of Women Lawyers views with serious concern the Ministry of Health’s decision to consult the National Fatwa Council on the issue of abortion where a woman is infected with the Zika virus.

AWL asserts that access to proper sexual and reproductive healthcare is a right guaranteed under Article 12 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). As such, the decision whether or not to undergo an abortion is one which should be made by the pregnant woman upon being provided with the information regarding the medical risks involved for both options – to continue or not to continue the pregnancy.

Vote your favourite Aiyoh statements for the Aiyoh... Wat Lah Awards 2016!!

  • Posted on: 28 July 2016
  • By: admin1

Voting for the Aiyoh...Wat Lah Awards 2016 is open!


What is Aiyoh... Wat Lah all about?

Aiyoh...Wat Lah is an annual spoof awards organised by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG). The aim of this awards is to raise awareness on gender equality, and to highlight statements made by Malaysian public officials that are either sexist, misogynist, transphobic or homophobic. Every year, the Aiyoh organising committee would collate such statements in the span of one year, analyse the statements, and determine whether they are fit to be nominated for any of these 7 categories:

Giving food to mark World Refugee Day

  • Posted on: 30 June 2016
  • By: admin1

IN CONJUNCTION with World Refugee Day on June 20, the Rohingya community and the poor in Selayang were treated to food courtesy of the Malaysian International Welfare and Humanitarian Organisation (MyWelfare) in Selayang Baru.

The Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee, Association of Women Lawyers, Cowboy Food Trucks, Lokka Cafe Food Truck and Sri Anggerik distributed 500 food packets to the Rohingya community at the MyWelfare office.

At the event, RM5,500 was donated to Rainbow of Love Informal School for Refugee Children.

UK paedophile case: Minister, lawyers call for stricter child protection laws in Malaysia

  • Posted on: 17 June 2016
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KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/Asia News Network) - It is time for Malaysia to strengthen its child protection laws, said Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai on Monday (June 6) after British paedophile Richard Huckle was sentenced life in prison for sexually abusing children in Malaysia and Cambodia.

Datuk Seri Liow called for amendments to the Child Act 2001 so that Malaysia could start bringing child abusers to book in local courthouses.

Datuk Seri Liow, who heads the Malaysian Chinese Association, part of the ruling alliance, said current legal provisions are not adequate to deal with cases of child sexual abuse and child pornography.

Joining forces to prevent child exploitation

  • Posted on: 16 June 2016
  • By: admin1

PETALING JAYA: The Star is working with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and various child safety stakeholders to ensure new laws are put in place to protect children from sexual exploitation.

The Bukit Aman Sexual, Women and Child Investigations Division (D11) is one of those that is supporting the campaign.

“Our laws aren’t good enough. It’s part of my agenda to push for anti-grooming laws,” said D11 principal assistant director ACP Ong Chin Lan.

GEI 2016 Colloquium - Women in Leadership

  • Posted on: 16 June 2016
  • By: admin1

On 14 June 2016, the Gender Equality Initiative (GEI), a collaboration between AWL, the Bar Council and a group of private tertiary institutions (INTI International University, Brickfields Asia College, Advance Tertiary College, Taylor's University, Help University, University of Nottingham and Monash University) organised a Colloquium Competition with the theme of "Women in Leadership". The event was kindly hosted by INTI International University at their beautiful campus in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan. 

Call for more specific laws to tackle child sexual abuse

  • Posted on: 8 June 2016
  • By: admin1

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian laws are severely inadequate to deal with the wide range of sexual offences against children, say legal minds reacting to Richard Huckle’s senten­cing in London.

There are no specific legal repercussions for the act of grooming, which often serves as the foundation for most sexual crimes against children.

“We need to have laws that prescribe certain behaviours with children as being criminal,” said Asso­­cia­tion of Women Lawyers (AWL) president Goh Siu Lin.

The definition of rape also has to be expanded beyond penile penetration in heterosexual intercourse.

Prioritise protecting children from sexual abuse - Sarawak Women for Women Society, 4 June 2016

  • Posted on: 5 June 2016
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Malaysians are shocked by the prolific abuse of children in Malaysia by Richard Huckle and ask why he was not detected sooner. In the Sarawak Women for Women Society’s (SWWS) view, part of the answer is that despite child sexual abuse regularly hitting the headlines, it is given low priority and consequently awareness is lacking.