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AWL Press Statement No. 1 of 2017 - On Child Marriage

  • Posted on: 5 April 2017
  • By: admin1

I refer to the statement of the Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim made last year at on 25.2.2016, where she was reported to have said:


"My ministry has always been against early marriage or child marriage as it curbs the mental, physical and psychological development of a child."Let a child be a child and go through that phase before going to study and working because a good career is more important,”



Such a position is laudatory and consistent with the international consensus that the definition of childhood should apply to humans up to the age of 18 years and which is based on scientific evidence. This definition of a child is intended to make sure that the period of care and physical, psychological and social preparation of the child should last for a period that is not less than 18 years which is the age at which that young person may have the physical and emotional maturity to become able to shoulder the various responsibilities expected of him or her, and may be able to make right decisions that will have a prolonged effect on his or her present and future life, such as the decision to get married.


There is ample statistical and medical data that child marriages are a harmful practice and frequently, the basic rights of the girl child are violated, depriving them of their basic right of choice. Such rights include, her right to an education, her right to a life free from violence and abuse (bearing in mind that marital rape remains an exception under the Penal Code) and medical risks which may include HIV infection, death during childbirth and medical conditions like obstetric fistula. We need to highlight the lived realities of these children to expose the grave injustices that they face by condoning the practice of child marriages.


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
  • By: admin1

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.