gender equality

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:

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. 

Aiyoh... Wat Lah 2016 Workshop (Part 1) - Collaboration between JAG and GEI, 2 June 2016

  • Posted on: 3 June 2016
  • By: admin1

On 2 June 2016, the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality together with the Gender Equality Initiative conducted a workshop in order to introduce students of the GEI participating institutions to the Aiyoh Wat Lah Awards 2016. JAG has been organising the annual Aiyoh... Wat Lah Awards since 2012, highlighting sexist, misogynistic, transphobic and homophobic statements made by public figures in Malaysia and raising awareness about why these statements are harmful to gender equality.

"Increasing powers of Syariah Courts may lead to rights violations" - Statement by the Joint Action Group on Gender Equality, 31 May 2016

  • Posted on: 31 May 2016
  • By: admin1

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) express our concern at the tabling of the Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, to increase the punishments meted out by Syariah courts.

We are concerned of the manner in which this Private Members’ Bill was tabled in Parliament. JAG urges the government and the other parties involved to give full regard to the democratic way which we must observe in putting forward any legislation, particularly where the public has significant concerns.

Considering the level of debate this has generated in the public sphere, JAG requests that any future tabling of this Private Members’ Bill or anything akin to it go through a thorough process which accords full and fair transparency and debate prior to its tabling in Parliament. It is our right as citizens of this country to be given our opportunity to present our views on a legislation that will have deep impact on our society in the future.

“Consultation before Amendments: Keep the Internet Free” - Statement by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality, 16 May 2016

  • Posted on: 16 May 2016
  • By: admin1

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is gravely concerned over the proposal to amend the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA). We believe, based on reports of the proposed amendments and the escalating suppression of freedom of expression, that these amendments will have the impact of worsening the human rights situation on the ground for women.

The proposed amendments include mandatory registration of “political” bloggers and online news portals, and an increase in penalties for offences under the CMA. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will also potentially be accorded greater powers to take down online content and block websites.

The Internet has provided new tools and platforms for women to express ideas and desires, connect with others like them, organise themselves to address injustices, as well as bypass some of the financial and social barriers against running businesses. However, in the context of entrenched conservatism and the politicisation of religion, Malaysian women’s behaviour online is already scrutinised and regulated by gendered norms. Women who are perceived to have “transgressed” routinely receive rape threats, and often their personal information online would be spread online to shame them. Regressive ideologies around women’s sexualities and gender expressions in particular are used to denigrate and silence women.

The proposed amendments will not address violence, discrimination and misogyny faced by women online. They will instead add to the threats faced by women who are speaking out on issues that matter to them, from democratic governance to the GST to their life choices. The idea that somehow the government could discern “political bloggers” from other bloggers, for example, is laughable. Malaysian women’s lives are political because even our identities are politicised.

President's Address - 33rd Annual General Meeting of the Association of Women Lawyers, 9 May 2016

  • Posted on: 12 May 2016
  • By: admin1
It has been a gift and honour serve as President of AWL, my first year in this role. I am thankful for the unwavering support of the AWL Exco. We have shared novel experiences as well as challenges which have taken us off the beaten path and beyond our usual comfort zones. It’s been an interesting journey.


Police helping Jais reflection of misplaced priorities - Statement by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG)

  • Posted on: 4 May 2016
  • By: admin1

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) questions the need of the decision by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to conduct a pilot project which places two police officers and a sergeant at the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) to assist in the enforcement of syariah laws.

We are especially concerned as PDRM is a federal body and the allocation of federal resources for a state religious body reflects grave misplacement of priorities.

While the deployment of police officers at Jais may seem like an effort to increase accountability and professionalism of the religious authorities, this pilot project would likely only focus on the implementation of the Selangor Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment specifically on moral policing, with little attention given to the laws themselves and their impact on our fundamental liberties.

Wouldn’t federal resources be better spent on tackling issues of gender-based violence rather than moral policing?

Gender Equality Initiative 2015 - Moot Court Competition at Advance Tertiary College, 24 October 2015

  • Posted on: 8 December 2015
  • By: admin1

On 24 October 2015, AWL together with the Bar Council, Advance Tertiary College (ATC) and the rest of the GEI committee (INTI International University, Brickfields Asia College, Taylor's University, KDU University College) organised a Moot Court Competition at ATC's Kuala Lumpur campus. The Moot Problem, or "Brief to Counsel" as it was called was based on issues such as sexual harassment and discrimination against those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT). The Brief to Counsel was drafted by AWL's Treasurer, Daniella Zulkifili.

Statement by EMPOWER - JAIS Sermon Perpetuates Rape Myths

  • Posted on: 10 February 2015
  • By: Daniella

JAIS Sermon Perpetuates Rape Myths
9 February 2015

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is appalled to read that the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) has released a Friday sermon claiming that women covering their “aurat” would prevent rape. Once again, rape victims are blamed while rapists are absolved of responsibility over their actions.