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Workshop on Domestic Violence


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Workshop on domestic violence-1Perak Women for Women Society (PWW), in collaboration with the All Women’s Action Society (AWAM), organised a workshop on Domestic Violence (DV) on Saturday, September 7 at Impiana Hotel Ipoh. This workshop, which was fully funded by KL Sogo, was aimed at bringing greater awareness on the issues of domestic violence to the public, and to better understand its impact on Muslim women especially.

The first speaker, Halida Mohd Ali, Vice President of PWW, spoke on the occurrence and prevalence of DV, why it happens, and the challenges faced when handling victims. This was followed by a presentation by Mangaleswary, President-Elect and Legal Adviser of PWW, on Domestic Violence Act 1994 and the legal protection accorded for victims of domestic violence.

A panel discussion, consisting of speakers from the various service providers, was next. Dr Azmir Anuar, physician of the Emergency and Trauma Department of Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh spoke on the One Stop Crisis Centre at the hospital and how it treats those suffering from injuries caused by domestic violence. DSP Siti Azzah of D11 of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Royal Malaysia Police related the roles of her department in issuing Interim Protection Orders (IPO) for victims of domestic violence.

Department of Social Welfare Perak’s Prakash Kumar described the various services provided by the department. Kartina from Sisters in Islam quoted verses from the Koran relating to the treatment of women. Finally, Associate Professor Dr Mohammad Abdul Rahman, a consultant psychiatrist and Deputy Dean of Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Royal College of Medicine, Perak, enlightened the 100-odd participants on how victims of domestic violence undergo trauma, feel helpless and trapped and go into depression.

A legal clinic was set up by the Perak Legal Aid Department offering free legal advice and information on laws to protect victims of DV.

Mrs Malaysia Universe, Mrs Carol Lee, who represented KL Sogo, in her opening remarks, asked that all work together to stop the carnage from spreading. Carol Lee is currently on a nationwide campaign against domestic violence with KL Sogo and AWAM.

It was an informative forum for all.


Medical Camp in Buntong


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Perak Women for Women Society and Soroptimist International Ipoh, held a social health and medical camp at the Malaysia Aruloli Mantram Hall in Buntong recently.

The objective was to educate the marginalised community in Buntong and raise their awareness level on health-related social illnesses. Booths were set up in the hall, including those by Fatimah Hospital, Pantai Hospital, Perak Breast Cancer Support Group and others.

The Fatimah Hospital booth which offered free blood pressure and glucose level checks, medical consultation and free medication was the most visited booth.

A colouring competition was held for the children in two categories, aged 4-6 years old and 7-11 years old. The winners walked away with art blocks and colour pencils.

The camp was officiated by the Executive Councillor for Women’s Development, Community, Welfare and National Integration, Dato’ Hajah Rusnah Kassim.

Fresh from visiting a 5- year-old girl who was abused by her mother at the Ipoh General Hospital, she said, “I hope NGOs and the public will play their roles in combating child abuse. Don’t turn a blind eye over this pressing matter.” Incidentally, the abused girl had succumbed to her wounds.


Sheila Wows Diners


Inspired by Frank Sinatra’s, “Love Is a Many-Splendoured Thing”, Perak Women For Women Society (PWW), organised a glitzy charity dinner to celebrate its tenth anniversary. The event, held at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Ipoh on Saturday, April 6, was a resounding success judging from public response. All 70 tables were taken up.

Sheila Majid - Malaysia's Jazz Queen, Perak Women for WomenAccording to the society’s President, Dr Sharifah Halimah Jaafar, the journey has been a long struggle full of challenges but members, who are all volunteers, have persevered, committed in their cause to empower and prevent abuses to women and children.

Started as a society to help women in crisis, PWW has extended its role to encompass women’s rights and equality through its affiliation with JAG (Joint Action Group for Gender Equality).

The highlight of the evening was Malaysia’s Jazz Queen, Dato’ Sheila Majid, who entertained the more than 800 diners with her repertoire of songs over the years. She also sang a medley of some of her classic hits such as “Lagenda”, “Sinaran” and “Aku Cinta Padamu”.

The society managed to raise some RM78,000 from the charity dinner. Prominent Ipoh philanthropist, Koon Yew Yin, true to his word, donated an additional RM78,000 to PWW. Earlier he had promised a Ringgit-for-Ringgit donation based on the amount collected. He pledged to do the same for next year’s charity dinner.

Koon, who considered his donations to PWW as “one of his best investments”, suggested that the society utilises a building along Jalan Kampar, which he has given to the Salvation Army, for children’s education.

With the money raised, PWW, whose operations are heavily dependent on sponsorships by well-wishers, will be able to focus on its many outreach programmes in place, one of which is the on-going programme to educate aboriginal children at Pos Woh, Tapah. The other is the conduct of self-defence classes for women to protect themselves against street crimes.


A First-Aider in Every Home


Perak Women for Women (PWW), Malaysian Red Crescent (Perak Chapter)Stepping up efforts to further empower women and the general public, Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) organised a one-day training programme recently called, “First Aider in Every Home”. It was the society’s first service project of the year. It was conducted by the Malaysian Red Crescent (Perak Chapter).

Although the programme was opened to the public, it was targeted mainly at single parents, kindergarten teachers, guardians of young children and caregivers. It attracted over 80 participants who paid a nominal commitment fee of RM10 each. They were presented with certificates at the end of the course.

PWW is a non-profit organisation that endeavours to enhance the status and lives of women and children in Perak. The society celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.

Since 2000 the Malaysian Red Crescent (Perak Chapter) has conducted numerous first-aid courses. Over 30,000 people throughout the state have attended these courses. As the programme was conducted free-of-charge, PWW made a small donation to the Malaysian Red Crescent.

The programme covered domestic and workplace accidents, sports injuries and bone dislocations, among others. Participants were given an understanding as to why these accidents happen and learnt simple, yet effective ways to avoid and treat them. They were also taught proper administration of first aid which could minimise injury deterioration and save lives.


Orang Asli Preschool Project


Recently, the Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) embarked on its Orang Asli Preschool Project at the Pos Woh village, Tapah. This preschool project came into fruition to provide these indigenous children who are marginalised and are unable to identify alphabets and numbers, an avenue to cope with formal
education. Many of these children miss schooling not because there are no schools in this area but simply due to factors like poverty, transportation woes and the lack of interest in education.

This PWW’s preschool project program aims to help children to master six key learning components: language, communication, cognitive development, morale, spirituality, creativity and social-emotional development. Language skills are given particular emphasis, as it enables children to develop their ability to think, understand concepts, imagine and communicate effectively. The classes also involve activities
such as, singing, colouring and fun activities.

During registration day, PWW received good response with 53 children from Pos Woh village, and some as young as four years old.

PWW intends to run this programme weekly, therefore, for those keen to volunteer or donate in the form of books, stationery, clothing for the indigenous community, please reach PWW at 05-5469715.

S. Sundralingam

Empowering Women Through Education


Perak Women For Women Society (PWW)Some 50 participants at the Women’s Health and Wellness Seminar held at St Mike’s Bistro Restaurant, Ipoh took home some invaluable tips on ways to stay healthy and young. The seminar was organised by Perak Women For Women Society (PWW) as part of its effort to help and empower women through education.

The three topics covered were “Skin & Photo-Aging”, “Breast Cancer” and “Botox and Fillers”. President of PWW, Dr Sharifah Halimah Jaafar delivered the first and third topics while Dr Sumithra Sivasuntharam covered the second.

Dr Sharifah explained the functions of our skin, the largest organ in a human body. It was then followed by definition of Photo-Aging. It means to look older than one’s actual biological age. There are many causes which lead to this but in Malaysia the main culprit is the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays from the sun. Fortunately, most of these could be prevented, like using suitable skincare products, appropriate sunscreen and external sun block apparatus like a hat and an umbrella. Dr Sharifah also taught us the beneficial ingredients that we should look out for in skincare products available in the market.

Dr Sumithra shared her experience as a Consultant General Surgeon and the breast cancer cases that she has handled. Unfortunately, there are no preventive measures to take to stop breast cancer from afflicting us, but early detection is the key to surviving this debilitating disease. It is the most common form of cancer in women in Malaysia. It even affects men. However, the two major risks are age and being of the feminine gender.

Dr Sumithra stressed the importance of self examination and the need to see a doctor should physical changes happen to the breast. Breast cancer is a “silent killer” as sufferers do not experience pain or symptoms.

The third and final topic on Botox and Fillers by Dr Sharifah was just as interesting. In layman’s language, she unraveled the differences between Botox and Fillers commonly used in aesthetic medicine, and the uses of Botox or Fillers in the different parts of our face. In her slide show, she also presented ‘Before and After” photos of celebrities who underwent Botox treatments. She, however, cautioned that some people may experience complications which would worsen one’s looks.


Fund Raiser for Women


 ipoh echo issue 141, Perak Women for Women Society (PWW)The Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) organised a fund-raising dinner at the Tropicana Ballroom and Banquet Hall, Ipoh recently, with the theme “Happily Ever Laughter Nite”. It was also held in conjunction with the celebration of International Women’s Day 2012, which fell on March 8.

Guests of honour were President of The Pure Life Society Datin Paduka Mother A. Mangalam, known as Mother Teresa of Malaysia, and philanthropist Mr Koon Yew Yin.

The Pure Life Society provides shelter for needy children and Mother Mangalam, over the years, has provided for more than 2,000 children through it. She was a recipient of the Merdeka Award in the education and community category in 2010.

Dato’ Seri N.S. Selvamany read out a lengthy tribute to honour Mother Mangalam, who was born into a Hindu family, and how she came to be the co-founder and President of The Pure Life Society. According to Selvamany, the word “mangalam” means “blessing” in Sanskrit and indeed, Mother Mangalam is a blessing to many who have had the pleasure to know her.

In accepting the tribute, Mother Mangalam stressed the importance of social harmony and family unity. She expressed hope that family and marital guidance could be included in our school syllabus.

Koon matched Ringgit for Ringgit the amount raised from the sale of tickets to the dinner event, amounting to almost RM63,000. He also pledged to do the same for whatever amount PWW manages to raise in the next twelve months.

Entertainment for the night was provided by D’Belle Dance Group, saxophonist Mann G and The Instant Café Theatre Company’s Jo Kukatas and Kuah Jenhan, who brought the house down with their humour.

PWW, registered some nine years ago, is a non-profit organisation that relies heavily on public contributions and sponsorships. It strives to empower women in crisis through education and skills training. Proceeds from this fund-raising initiative will be used to fund the operational costs of PWW as well as programmes that are in line with the mission and vision of the society.


Spreading the Word on Do’s and Don’ts


Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) conducted another successful workshop for students in Taiping recently. The society’s mission to teach youngsters on differentiating between appropriate and inappropriate behaviour was made easier when they were invited to speak to students of SMJK Hua Lian, Taiping.

The PWW team engaged the participants, which consisted of lower secondary students numbering some 130, at the school hall. Subjects on personal safety, respect and friendship were discussed. The objective was on creating awareness in youths, especially girls not to be too trusting and not to give in to sexual advances too easily.

To reinforce the lessons, a short film entitled, “Abang Angkatku” was screened. The film depicted some unsavoury situations which youths need to learn to avoid. Students’ participation was active, proving once more that education is an effective tool to counter social ills.

The society is prepared to provide classes for free when requested. Call PWW at 05-5469715 for details.


OK Tak OK Counseling Workshop for Teachers


Soroptomist International Ipoh and Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) were hosts to a group of 118 representative teachers from the district of Larut Matang and Selama for a one-day workshop called “OK TAK OK”. This workshop whose aim is to teach children what is and what is not acceptable behaviour from adults, had won an International Huright Osaka Award in 2005.

They enlisted the expertise of trained counsellors Dr. Prema Devaraj (Programme Director for WCC) and Ms. Tasha Merican (Project Officer WCC) to train and share their knowledge with the teachers from Malay, Chinese and Tamil schools on how to recognize the signs displayed by a sexually abused child and how to handle the situation without causing alarm to the child. This workshop was targeted at teachers because teachers are often the ones who are able to spot changes in their pupil’s behaviour.

Statistics show that 85% of sexually abused children knew their perpetrators and Perak has the fourth highest incidences of rape and incest in the country.

The programme which is conducted in a very sensitive and informative manner is designed for standard 5/6 pupils so the teachers were all asked to look at the video from the eyes of a 12 year old. The video was 28 minutes long and contained 4 short cartoons and 3 video scenarios involving the acceptable and not acceptable behaviour of adults towards children. Dr. Prema said that recognizing a child who is sexually abused is not as easy as it seems but from the video one is able to pick up clearly, especially from facial expressions, body language and general changes in behaviour, that something is amiss.

The only way to recognize this is through observation. These children often become quiet and withdrawn. Sometimes they even become disruptive.

If children are taught what is and what is not acceptable behaviour from this very easy education programme, we may be able to stop some of the sexual abuse suffered by these innocent children. Children should be encouraged to speak up and inform their peers, parents, friends etc. All too often the very people the kids trust are the ones who let them down.

Soropomist International Ipoh will be working closely with Perak Women for Women and will continue to monitor and follow up with the schools. The next project will be held in Kuala Kangsar.

Malika Ramiah