According to the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced or will experience either physical and/or sexual violence in their life. As an effort to change the perceptions about the root cause of this issue, the All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) held its White Ribbon Run for the fourth year in collaboration with the Canadian High Commission in Malaysia. We, Supahands, also worked together with the organisation to support the cause and raise awareness about gender violence.
Alongside Supahands, there was a total of 38 representatives from 7 other Malaysian startups – Openminds, EPIC Homes, GetDoc, Supplycart, Project Liber8, Grub Cycle and ServisHero. This was a good collaboration as we formed an ecosystem of startups, collectively raising awareness to speak up and take action on what’s right.
Taking place at Desa Park City, there were more than 1000 people that ran in support of gender equality and ending violence against women, as reported by AWAM.
The participants had the option of running 7km or walking for 3km. To make it even more interesting, those who participated had the chance to win lucky draw prizes which included a trip on a luxury cruise, a Sharp flat screen TV and an iPad mini.
To those who are not aware, this run is held in conjunction with the global movement, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence where thousands of organisations from over 130 countries participate in this event annually from November 25th to December 10th. Locally and internationally, the 16 Days campaign strives to increase awareness about gender-based violence as a critical human rights issue, not just a women’s issue.
Throughout the world, women often suffer horrific violence and are denied human rights and basic freedoms solely on account of their gender. AWAM believes that men and boys play a vital role in ending violence against women and girls and in making spaces safe for everyone.
In Malaysia alone, there were a total of 5014 cases of domestic violence reported for 2015, as per statistics from the Royal Malaysian Police . From the 1404 of those cases that were brought to court, only 145 perpetrators were found guilty and received punishments.
Moreover, according to statistics from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, there has been a rapid increase in reported domestic violence cases , from 10 or 20 cases per month to around 150 cases per month. It’s important to remember that these are merely the reported cases and that the actual amount are a lot higher.
To provide more insight, these are some of the statistic gathered by AWAM.
Judith Loh, White Ribbon Chairperson stated: “Violence against women and girls is a big problem in our society. The White Ribbon Campaign gives an opportunity for men to speak out and take a stand against violence.”
To all who participated, we would like to thank them for making White Ribbon Run & Walk 2016 successful and a big shout out to Openminds, EPIC Homes, GetDoc, Supplycart, Project Liber8 and ServisHero for joining the cause with Supahands.