Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bless the Beasts & Children: World March in Malaysia Spotlights Women, Children, & Animals

Women's, Children's and Animal Welfare NGOs celebrated the Malaysian leg of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence today--raising awareness about peace and violence issues affecting women, children, and animals.

The groups included Women's Aid Organization of Malaysia (WAO), the SPCA Selangor, Rumah Nur Salaam (a 24-hour "safehouse" for at risk children and teens), and World Without Wars.

This year the WAO came to the support of Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno--a 32-year-old mother and part-time model--fined and whipped six times for drinking beer in a hotel in Cherating, Pahang. (The Malaysian government also enforces religious edicts forbidding yoga and being a "tom-boy").

As well as challenging state violence against women, the WAO advocates against domestic violence, rape, and sexual harassment; and on behalf of the Convention for the Elimination for all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and migrant domestic workers.


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