Heading towards 2023, is the world fair and safe for everyone, especially for WOMEN? We know the answer to it!
A standing ovation for Malaysia for coming in at rank #111 in the world for promoting gender equality. This is an obvious case that discrimination against women persists today.
Even though it has been 65 years since we gained our freedom, little is being done to ensure gender equality across categories including education, employment, health, politics, and economic.
Women; includes LGBTIQ+ are victims of compounded forms of discrimination.
Despite much progress made in securing women’s rights, millions of women continue to experience discrimination and violence around the world, being denied their rights to equality, dignity and autonomy, and even a life.
There has been progress over the last decades; more girls are going to school, fewer are forced into early marriage, more women are in politics and positions of leadership, and laws are being reformed to advance gender equality. – United Nation
With 15.7 million (48%) women in Malaysia today, only fewer women get to win by having a safe space and earning their deserved privilege.
Women around the world are less likely than men to have access to basic and higher higher education, have fewer chances for economic involvement, face greater threats to their health and safety, and have lower political representation.
No access to education
Although the world is making progress achieving gender parity in education, girls still make up a higher percentage of out-of-school children than boys. One quarter of all girls in the developing world does not make it to school.
Some families rely on girls’ labor for household chores which leave them limited time for schooling. Nobody ever thinks that prioritising education may solve most of the matters revolve in life.
Unaware about health and safety
Women are more susceptible to incurable diseases due to fewer opportunities for health education, unequal power in intimate partnership, or as a result of gender-based violence.
Lack of maternal health makes women have limited access to prenatal and infant care, and they are more likely to experience complications during pregnancy and childbirth. It is a critical concern for women who marry and have children before they are ready (below age 18).
No economic and political empowerment
Women comprise more than 50% of the world’s population but barely own 1% of the world’s wealth. Throughout the world, women work long hours of unpaid domestic work. In certain places, women still lack the right to own land or to inherit property, earn income, or move up in their workplace free from job discrimination.
Women are notably underrepresented as decision-makers at all levels, both at home and in public life. Having women outnumbered 4 to 1 in legislatures around the world hinders their efforts to advance gender equality and true democracy.
The recent incidents of violence and discrimination against helpless children in Malaysia are only a few. More girls and women still experience this kind of abuse and discrimination today.
You, women who endured this cruelty, it is about time to see the light of day!
Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO)‘s primary goals are to promote gender equality and women’s human rights.
They advocate for the equal enjoyment by women and girls of all human rights, including free from violence, sexual and reproductive freedom, access to justice, socioeconomic equality, and to participate in political processes.
In order to assure the protection of survivors, WAO prepared the largest shelter, which gave refuge to more than 100 women and children. Likewise, they help survivors access services from various agencies like police, hospitals, welfares, etc, as well as help them navigate the legal system.
Women’s and Children’s Programs provide leisure and skill-building opportunities that aid in the recovery and ascent of survivors. With all amenities offered and taken care of, children can live with freely while also gaining educational skills from the Child Care Centre.
WOA, offers job opportunities for women to engage in exciting and meaningful work environment that will positively impact their lives. With their vast network of partners across civil society, government, and the private sector, there are so much opportunities for exposure.
Click HERE for job opportunities.
For those interested in community work and want to do your part in advancing women’s rights in the country, you can join here as volunteers and gain a lot of insights on social service.
Click HERE to volunteer.
WAO is one call away for immediate help, free consultation, access service for shelter and social work. Call the WAO Hotline at 03 3000 8858 or SMS/Whatsapp TINA at +6018 988 8058