Category: JAG Press Statement

End Child Marriage Now!

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) strongly condemns the marriage of an 11-year-old girl as the third wife to a 41-year-old Malaysian man that went viral on social media yesterday and strongly calls for the authorities to investigate this matter. Child marriage is not an obligation (not wajib) nor encouraged by Islam (not…

Gross Violation of Children’s Rights in Kelantan

The Joint Action Group on Gender Equality (JAG) is appalled and disgusted to learn that indecent photos and videos of a Malay school girl and boy allegedly from Kelantan are currently being circulated via social media. JAG strongly objects to the way the school children were raided and made to display themselves in the nude…

JAG Congratulates Dr Wan Azizah

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) would like to express our heartiest congratulations to YAB Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for her appointment as the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, following her win in the recent 14th General Elections. Her appointment was announced by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday and…

One-Third Women’s Representation Needed in Cabinet and State EXCO

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) congratulates the Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir Mohamad, on his successful appointment as the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia, and to Pakatan Harapan on being the new Federal Government of Malaysia. It is indeed a new era with the promise of much needed institutional and structural reforms. We…

Let SUHAKAM Monitor GE14

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is appalled that SUHAKAM’s application to monitor Malaysia’s 14th General Elections has been denied by the Election Commission (EC). We strongly believe that this move, which obstructs an effort to ensure good governance practices, is done in bad faith and against the best interest of the election…

Safe Space Needed for Victims of Sexual Abuse/Harassment to be Believed

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG)refers to recent media reports that Tariq Ramadan has been charged in France with rape on 2 February 2018, based on accusations made against him four months prior by two women. As the rule of law and due processes are currently underway for what is now officially classified…

Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) – Child Marriage Press Statement

I refer to the statement of the Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim made last year at on 25.2.2016, where she was reported to have said: “My ministry has always been against early marriage or child marriage as it curbs the mental, physical and psychological development of a child.”Let a…

Pindaan kepada Akta Keganasan Rumah Tangga dialu-alukan; sekarang tingkatkan penguatkuasaan

Kenyataan akhbar, 4 April 2017 Kami menyokong Rang Undang-Undang Keganasan Rumah Tangga (Pindaan) 2017 yang dibentangkan di Parlimen semalam. Memandang ke hadapan, kita perlu mengukuhkan penguatkuasaan dan mempertingkatkan lagi undang-undang. Pindaan-pindaan kepada Akta Keganasan Rumah Tangga 1994 (AKRT) ini adalah positif. RUU ini akan: 1. Mencegah jurang perlindungan. Perintah perlindungan interim (IPO) melindungi mangsa semasa…

Changes to domestic violence law good; now step-up enforcement

Press statement, 4 April 2017 We support the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2017, which was tabled in Parliament yesterday. Moving forward, we must ensure enforcement is effective and further improve the law. The amendments to the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (DVA) are positive. The amendments will: 1. Prevent gaps in protection. An interim protection order…

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