WAO launches Twitter campaign for IWD

Posted on 11 March 2013

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Saturday March 9, 2013

WAO launches Twitter campaign in conjunction with International Women’s Day



PETALING JAYA: Gentlemen, you don’t have to run a marathon for women but here’s a little something you can do for them – take part in a tweetathon.

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) projects officer Ann Nunis said WAO has launched the One Million Men, One Million Promises campaign for men to tweet a pledge of action for women in conjunction with Inter­national Women’s Day.

“For a long time, violence against women was considered a women’s issue, but it’s a societal issue and men can do their part too,” she said.

Inspired by the Bell Bajao (Ring The Bell) campaign in India, it calls on men of all ages to tweet, blog or put up Facebook statuses to pledge an end to violence against women and gender inequality.

Among those who took part since its launch yesterday were digital culture commentator Niki Cheong and lawyer Syahredzan Johan.

Cheong (@nikicheong) said he would add his voice to the millions speaking out for gender equality.

Syahreadzan (@syahredzan) said: “I pledge to step in whenever I see a woman being harassed on social media because of her gender.”

Sisters in Islam acting executive director Ratna Osman said that SIS’ main concern was the rights of women in families.

Women play a big role in the coming general election and SIS hoped that the government of the day would uphold women’s rights, she said, citing that marital rape should be recognised as a crime.

A mother who only wants to be known as Zamidah, 50, said she hoped for a better education system and well-trained teachers for children with special needs.

Zamidah, who has a 14-year-old daughter with Down Syndrome, said that children with various learning disabilities were put together now in the same special education system.

“My daughter is at a loss as she has difficulty following some parts of the syllabus,” she said.


Some of the pledges that WAO received


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