Saying No To Violence Against Women and Girls
UNHCR Malaysia Commemorates 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
Kuala Lumpur, 8 December 2016 - Staff and partners at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Malaysia this year commemorated the global 16-day long campaign against gender-based violence with a series of activities aimed at strengthening understanding on the issue.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign which takes place each year and runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day).
UNHCR in Malaysia this year adopted the theme of “Healthy Relationships at Home, in Schools, and in the Community” as the central focus of its activities, coordinated by the agency’s Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Unit in Kuala Lumpur.
Partnering with Malaysian women’s rights group, All Women’s Action Society (AWAM), UNHCR organized trainings on the Convention on the Elimination against All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Managing Disclosures by SGBV Survivors, on 29 and 30 November 2016. These sessions aimed to raise awareness on gender equality and sensitivity in the home and workplace, and among communities.
The sessions were conducted by Betty Yeoh, a training consultant from AWAM, and attended by 74 participants that consisted of UNHCR staff and external partners.
The trainings allowed participants to have open and robust discourse around issues related to sexual- and gender-based violence, and develop a deeper understanding of CEDAW, its operations and mechanisms, managing disclosure by SGBV survivors, and understanding why male perpetrators perpetrate.