End Gender-based Violence: Orange the World 

Soroptimist International Ipoh (SII), in conjunction with the UN 16 Days of Activism campaign to end gender-based violence which runs from November 25 to December 10, will be running their own campaign to create awareness amongst local communities in Ipoh. 

 The theme for 2020 is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”

The main aim is to make aware that violence in any form is not tolerable. 

According to Kimberly Tan, President of SII, “With widespread violations of human rights, physical or sexual violence, our community needs to take action to put a stop to this violence. 

Each community needs to be educated on how to support these victims of violence and know where to seek help.”

Communities need to advocate that girls are entitled to the right to education. Girls who receive more education are less likely to marry as children and become young mothers.

SII hopes to educate and make aware of the rights of women and children, starting with one community at a time.

Anyone who needs help may contact the Talian Kasih hotline at 15999. It is available 24 hours a day.



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See Foon

SeeFoon Chan-Koppen has been writing a food column called Musings on Food in the Ipoh Echo since 2009. It is widely read both in print as well as online which receives more than 1 million hits a month. Her forte is in communications, having honed her skills after graduating from the University of Singapore where she worked for the Straits Times Group and was a food critic for the New Nation. Her knowledge of food and cooking come from more than 30 years in the hotel industry based in Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and subsequently Kuala Lumpur. During this time, she has travelled all over the world and eaten at the best and worst restaurants. She is totally intimate with the subtleties and nuances of most cuisines of the world having been involved in opening over 50 hotels throughout the Asia/Pacific region and China where she helped to conceptualize Food and Beverage themes and critiqued on food quality. SeeFoon calls herself a global citizen and now chooses the serenity and friendliness of Ipoh to the bright lights of the many cities she has lived in. She also loves the food in Ipoh and is passionate about telling the world about it.

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