Tag Archives: Perak Women for Women (PWW)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Share

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In conjunction with the International Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Perak Women for Women Society (PWW), Pink Champion Society Perak and Pantai Hospital Ipoh organised the Pink October Carnival to raise awareness on the disease and women’s issues. It was held at the Polo Ground recently.

One of the relevant events on the programme was the Walk-A-Hunt where teams of participants hunted for clues concerning breast cancer and women-related issues.  These clues were derived from participating booths and the surroundings. Dato’ Hj Abdul Rahim Md Ariff, Ipoh City Council Secretary, flagged off the hunt.

Breast cancer awareness

Other activities consisted of Bowling to Beat Breast Cancer, where coconuts were used as bowling balls and recycled bottles as bowling pins. Participation among the spectators was keen.

Breast cancer awarenessOne other event of relevance was the Walk-In-Her Shoes where men wore high-heel shoes and paraded in front of the crowd. The objective was to make the male participants know how it felt to be in a woman’s shoes. Some were game enough to dress themselves as women.

Pantai Hospital Ipoh provided health screening and other NGOs dispensed information on breast cancer and women’s issues. Booths selling food and knick knacks enhanced the prevailing carnival atmosphere. A flash mob dubbed, “One Billion Rising” prompted the crowd to join in the dance. The message of the group dance was preventing violence to women.

Maybank presented aids to Pink Champion Resource Centre in the form of a personal computer, breast prosthesis and wigs. It will also organise a workshop for counsellors.

The finale saw the Executive Councillor for Health, Tourism and Culture, Nolee Ashilin Dato’ Mohammed Radzi, giving prizes to winning participants. She then officially closed the event.

Ed

Empowering Women

Share

Empowering WomenOver 70 participants made up of members of non-governmental organisations and the public attended an empowerment programme for women held at the Heritage Hotel, Ipoh recently. The one-day seminar was organised by the Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) in collaboration with Jabatan Pembangunan Wanita (JPW) Perak and the Sathya Sai Baba Central Council of Malaysia. Puan Sriharitini binti Mohd Shamsuddin, Director of JPW Perak, officiated at the event in the presence of PWW President, Dr Sharifah Halimah Jafaar and society members.

Empowering women

The programme named LIGHT, which stands for Love, Inner beauty, Growth, Health, and Traditions, is currently being adopted by the government and earmarked for ten communities in country.

Sathya Sai Baba Central Council of Malaysia, who formulated the programme, sent seven speakers led by their National Women leader, Madam Vijayaletchumi Ramachandran to conduct the talk. The last subject, “Embracing LIGHT”, by the council’s National President, Prof Dr Suresh Govind, had the audience in stitches with his many hilarious anecdotes relating to daily lives.

Empowering women

The participants interacted well with the speakers. The feedback was very positive.  Most said it was a worthy programme which could help women improve their lives and build happier homes and families.

Ed

Coming of Age for PWW

Share

Coming of Age for PWW1Ten years ago, two ladies, practising gynaecologist Dr Sharifah Halimah Jaafar and Yip Siew Keen, saw the need to start a service to help women in crisis in Perak. This need resulted in the birth of Perak Women For Women Society (PWW), an apolitical, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, whose objectives are to:

  • offer emotional and social support to women and their children, who suffer from mental, physical and/or sexual abuse,
  • provide temporary refuge services to such women and children,
  • undertake and advocate the eradication of factors that contribute to the inequality and subordination of women through law, policy and institutional reforms, and
  • create awareness and better understanding among individuals, the public and relevant agencies, on issues of violence against women and the underlying inequalities.

Believing that the best long-term solution to help marginalised women is through education, the society has, at the beginning of this year, started a weekly pre-school programme in Kg Pos Woh in Tapah. The programme provides not only pre-school classes for young Orang Asli children but also tuition and mentoring for primary school children. Learning materials are provided free-of-charge. Volunteers take this opportunity to feed the children with nutritious food. This ongoing project benefits over 70 children weekly.

The society also organises outreach programmes where volunteers visit schools in Perak to educate students, especially girls, about personal safety and respect. As a society, PWW has made great progress in recent years. It publishes its own bulletin called, SuaraNita since 2009 and operates its own service and information centre.

Coming of Age for PWW2In 2010 it joined the Joint Action Group For Gender Equality, a coalition comprising women’s human rights groups, which diligently document, monitor and lobby for law and policy reforms on women’s rights. The following year it became a member of the South East Asia Women’s Caucus on ASEAN, a network of more than 60 organisations in 11 countries that advocate women’s rights.

Last year was the society’s turning point. It established a temporary shelter for women in crisis, made possible with financial support from a Kuala Lumpur philanthropist.

Over the ten years PWW has faced many challenges, the biggest being monetary in nature. The society requires at least RM100,000 a year to conduct programmes and activities. Without any government funding, PWW finds the going tough. However, with financial support from individuals and well-wishers it has managed to keep afloat.

To mark its 10th Anniversary, the society is organising a charity dinner themed, “A Many-Splendoured Nite”. Malaysian Jazz Queen, Dato’ Sheila Majid, will entertain guests with her jazzy hits.

Tickets for the dinner, to be held at Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Ipoh on Saturday, April 6, are priced at RM100, RM150 and RM200 each. It is an important fund-raising initiative to support PWW’s efforts.

The society’s immediate concern, however, is the lack of committed volunteers. Membership, with an annual fee of RM10, is open to all women 18 years and above. Men are also encouraged to volunteer their skills and services. The society hopes to see the formation of a men’s wing in the near future. Other plans in the pipeline include internship for university students and joint research on social health, humanity or psychology for Master’s or PhD students.

Women who require counselling can call the centre at 05-546 9715 or e-Counselling by email to perakwomenforwomen@gmail.com. Personal counselling is also available at the PWW Service Centre at 52, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 31400 Ipoh.

For more information, log on to PWW’s website at http://www.pww.org.my/ or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Perak-Women-For-Women-Society-PWW/215564111873471.

Emily

A Violence-free World

Share

In conjunction with International Women’s Day, which fell on March 8, the Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) organised a day-long awareness programme at Mydin Hypermarket in Bandar Meru Raya. The programme was jointly sponsored by Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd and KPJ Specialist Hospital. The theme was “Respect and be Responsible: End Violence Against Women Now”.

A number of activities were on the cards, among them were children’s colouring competition, action painting, dancing and singing performances. The aim was to create awareness among the public in the hope of creating a violence-free world.

A Violence-free WorldFlash mob performances by members of PWW and staff of both KPJ Ipoh Specialist Centre and Hospital Fatimah entitled, “Break the Chain” conveyed the important message of respect and self-respect. Local youth groups from OMPH (Our Mother of Perpetual Help) and P.O.R.T. (People of Remarkable Talent) gave their version of the message.

Guests-of-honour were Datin Wira Dr Hjh Siti Hawa Mohd, Human Resource Director of Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd and Asmadi Mohd. Bakri, Chief Executive Officer of KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital. They took time to visit the 12 booths set up as part of the programme. Among them were the Malaysian Red Crescent, Pink Champion and Buddies.

Emily

“Walk the Talk”

Share

Soroptimist Ipoh’s “Walk the Talk”, part of a nationwide fundraising and awareness campaign on violence against women, organised by SIROM (Soroptimist International Region of Malaysia), flagged off at Kinta City Ipoh recently.

Walk the TalkSoroptimist International is a world-wide women’s only service organisation working for the empowerment and best interests of women. Many may have read in newspapers and magazines of the problems faced by women in society, in particular sex crimes, sexual harassment, gender discrimination and violence. Many women don’t know what to do or where to go to when such things happen to them. That is where women’s organisations come in to assist.

This year, three Malaysian Soroptimists from Sabah, Datuk Elizabeth Maurice, Clarice Paini Mojigoh and Rose Moguloi are embarking on an inspiring walk from Perlis to Sabah. They will be covering a total of 940 km in Peninsula Malaysia, fly and walk into Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Their objective of this inspiring walk is to create awareness and deliver a powerful message: “Stop Violence against Women.” This project is supported by The Royal Police Malaysia, Maybank, Etiqa and Power Bar.

The four participating NGO beneficiaries are WAO (Women’s Aid Organisation), WCC (Women’s Centre for Change), PWW (Perak Women for Women society) and AWAM (All Women’s Action society Malaysia).

The walk was held in tandem with the United Nations call for 16 days of activism, which officially began from the International Day to End Violence against women on November 25 up to the International Human Rights Day on December 10.

The walkers were everywhere at Kinta City by 4pm. It was a very successful event based on the crowd that participated. Many were equipped with caps, umbrellas, bottles of water and sunglasses. There were young and old from all races and gender. It was a sight to see as young teenagers were also in support of this event.

The event started off with a short speech outside of McDonald’s and after a photograph session, they started off at 5pm sharp. St John Ambulance, some police officers on their bikes and another van followed them as they continued their 4km journey towards Canning Garden, past Tambun Road and back to Kinta City.

Net proceeds went towards creating awareness on violence against women through educational talks and workshops throughout the country.

To join Soroptimist International Ipoh or for more information, call or email:

Ms Kuan    012-501 9205 (khoosbb@yahoo.com)
Ms Lanka    012-519 0189 (lanka_rk@yahoo.com)
Ms Jean    012-588 2313 (jean.chai@yahoo.com)

Find out more about Soroptimist International at: www.soroptimistinternational.org or www.soroptimist.org.my

Susan Ho

Boy-Girl Relationship

Share

Generation Young Society Ipoh (Gen “Y” Ipoh), with the collaboration of the Perak Women for Women Society (PWW), conducted a workshop at SMK Tanjung Rambutan recently. The workshop was attended by nearly 80 upper-form students. It was incorporated into the “Kem Kecemerlangan Akademik dan Sahsiah” programme organised by the school.

The focus of the workshop was on Boy-Girl Relationship and Respect. The primary objective was to create awareness in youths about gender equality. It was also aimed at enlightening the participants about personal safety when dating, relationship between ideas, behaviour and characteristics of an ideal partner.

The programme was communicated via presentations and discussions. Participants were given case studies to discuss. Two short films entitled, “Mabuk Cinta” and “Lelaki Matang Trang Tang Tang”, were shown. The films depicted some risky situations and personal safety youths should be aware of especially during dating.

The students participated keenly during the question and answer session. Judging from feedback, the programme was a success.

Gen “Y” Ipoh plans to conduct similar workshops at other schools if requested. For details call PWW at 05-546 9715.

Ed

Sex and Teenagers

Share

Raising kids is not an easy task especially with the kind of challenges children face today. The negative influences that teenagers are exposed to pale in comparison to their parents’ time. The evolution of Gen Y and Gen Z is much the result of technological advancement and the progression of time. Growing-up pains are not something to be treated lightly.

With this in mind, Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) recently organised a talk entitled, “Parenting Teens on Sex: When to Start and What to Say”. The event was held at the Royal Ipoh Club and was opened to those with teenage children. The invited speakers were certified trainers, Ahmad Fakhri Hamzah and Jamilah Samian, a husband-and-wife team from Kuala Lumpur who are conversant with the subject matter, considering that they are parents themselves with seven kids of their own.

Some 50 participants, including a couple from Kuala Lumpur, attended the two-hour talk which consisted of visual presentations, animated exchanges and role-playing. It was a meaningful exchange, in spite of the short time allocation. PWW plans to have more of such talks in the future.

FZB

OK TAK OK for Perak Schools

Share

Soroptimist International Ipoh (SII) and Perak Women for Women (PWW) have teamed up to facilitate an educational programme called OK TAK OK with the approval of the Perak State Education Department and the various District Education Departments.

The workshops, targeted to educate primary 5 and 6 school children on sexual abuse and what is acceptable and unacceptable touch/behaviour from dangerous adults and what and where to get help, have been conducted recently at two school districts of S. Kinta (69 schools) and Kuala Kangsar (89 schools).

A total of 158 schools sent their school counselling teachers to attend the two workshops, held concurrently over two days in July, which was conducted by trained counsellors of Penang Women’s Centre for Change (WCC). These counsellors are then encouraged to conduct the workshops to their students on their return to their respective schools.

The very comprehensive programme, which is conducted using interactive VCDs and role plays, won the International Huright Award in Osaka in 2005 and may assist in alleviating and reducing the heinous crime of child sexual abuse which has risen to alarming proportions.

A conservative estimate puts the number of children having been made aware of potential sexual abuse at an impressive 20,000 just from the two workshops that were conducted. SII’s follow-up with the schools revealed that more than 50% of the schools whose counsellors attended the training, conducted the programme; giving SII the encouragement to continue with the current training structure with its cascading effect that is far-reaching and effective given the limited resources the committee has to work with. It is hoped that corporations and banks will come forward as sponsors which will enable SII to do more intensive follow-up sessions with some of the schools who have requested direct supervision of the programme.

For more information contact: SII President Kuan Khoo 012-5019250 email: khoosbb@yahoo.com.

SFCK