Joint Action Group for Gender Equality

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is the longest-running civil society coalition in Malaysia. Initially named Joint Action Group against Violence against Women (JAG-VAW), it was formed in 1985. In the same year, it held a historic workshop-exhibition on violence against women, calling for law reforms to rape, pornography, rape and domestic violence. The exhibition brought the issue of violence against women into mainstream discourse and kickstarted decades of work on laws and policy reforms.

Since its formation, JAG brought together progressive women’s and feminist organisations to monitor, document, and advocate on all aspects of women’s human rights. Among its milestones were the 1994 Domestic Violence Act (though it took a widely-publicised demonstration by JAG for the law to be implemented, two years after it was passed by Parliament); Malaysia’s ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1995; the establishment of One Stop Crisis Centres (OSCC) in hospitals nationwide for women survivors of violence; and the inclusion of “gender” as prohibited grounds for discrimination under Article 8(2) of the Federal Constitution in 2001.

JAG members:

All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)
Association of Women Lawyers Malaysia (AWL)
Perak Women for Women (PWW)
Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)
Persatuan Sahabat Wanita (PSW)
Sabah Women’s Action-Resource Group (SAWO)
Sisters in Islam (SIS)
Tenaganita
Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO)
Women’s Centre for Change (WCC)

Recent Memoranda and Press Statements (JAG):

Short-changed by the Amendments to the Employment Act on Sexual Harassment (2010)
Women’s Status Report – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – English (2010)
Women’s Status Report – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Bahasa Malaysia (2010)
Women’s Status Report – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Report Card (2010)
Joint Action Group Memorandum on Justice For Kartika: Stop Whipping, End Corporal Punishment For All Offences (2009)
Kotakan Kata: 12th General Election (2008)
Feedback on the Draft National Plan of Action for Women’s Development (2008)
Memorandum: Safeguard Rights of Wives and Children Upon Conversion of Husbands to Islam (2007)
Memorandum on Concluding Comments from the Committee for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) (2007)
Press Statement cum Frequently Asked Questions On the Report by the Parliamentary Special Select Committee on the Penal Code (Amendment) 2004 and the Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) 2004 (2006)
Memorandum to Ahli Dewan Negara to Review The Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Amendment) Bill (2005)
Memorandum on Laws Related to Rape (2004)
Memorandum On Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill 2004, Penal Code (Amendment) Act 2003 and Domestic Violence Legislation (2004)
Memorandum on the Law Reform Marriage and Divorce Act (Amendment) Bill 2004 (2004)
Memorandum on a Proposed Sexual Harassment Bill (2001)