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.
Soroptimist 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ms Lanka 012-519 0189 (email@example.com)
Ms Jean 012-588 2313 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Find out more about Soroptimist International at: www.soroptimistinternational.org or www.soroptimist.org.my