MP Siti Zailah Yusof’s Insensitive and Irresponsible Statements

Media Statement, 25th July 2014 MP Siti Zailah Yusof’s Insensitive and Irresponsible Statements EMPOWER is concerned with the insensitive and irresponsible statements[1] made by Rantau Panjang MP Siti Zailah Yusof at the Parliament’s emergency motion on the tragedy of flight MH17. The PAS MP has raised issues pertaining to the serving of alcohol and the […]

Sexism is not a Malaysian Culture

Media Statement, 15 July 2014 Sexism is not a Malaysian Culture Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is extremely shocked by yet another slammer on women’s human rights. UMNO lawyer, Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun has actually given a sexist, distasteful and disrespectful comment against PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to say that […]

Joint Statement: Abolish Destitute Persons Act 1977

Abolish Destitute Persons Act 1977 Coalition Statement, 8 July 2014 We, a coalition of non-governmental organisations and groups working on issues of homelessness, call upon the Malaysian Government to abolish the Destitute Persons Act 1977. Recently, the issue of homelessness has received extensive attention from the media and the public. The marginalisation of the homeless […]

Revoke Diplomatic Immunity for Sexual Assault

Media Statement, 2 July 2014 Revoke Diplomatic Immunity for Sexual Assault Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is horrified at the breakdown in leadership and accountability within the Malaysian Government over a diplomat charged with sexual assault and burglary. The behaviour shown by the Malaysian Government has been appalling at every step of the process.  Foreign […]

Joint press conference with Perak Women for Women Society and EMPOWER at Teluk Intan, 28 May 2014

Moving Forward on Women in Politics

Joint Statement, 28 May 2014 Moving Forward on Women in Politics Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) and Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) are appalled at the continued display of sexism and misogyny directed towards Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud. We are especially disappointed that so much of it has come from political and government leaders. During […]

Electoral Politics is No Place for Sexism

Media Statement, 22 May 2014 Electoral Politics is No Place for Sexism Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is appalled at the level of sexism and misogyny directed against Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, the Pakatan Rakyat candidate for the Teluk Intan by-election. While many of us cynically predicted that she would be hit with smear attacks […]

International Women's Day 2014

International Women’s Day 2014: Wanita Peneraju Perubahan

Media Release, 21 April, 2014 Wanita Peneraju Perubahan The International Women’s Day has been the flagship event for Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) since 2011. This year, in celebration of grassroot community leaders from Teratai, Kuala Selangor and Subang, we rejoice and record our utmost appreciation and gratitude for their selfless and tireless work in […]

In pace requiescat et in amore: Liz O’Sullivan

EMPOWER is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Elizabethann “Liz” O’Sullivan. She passed away on 16 April 2014 following a sudden and unexpected cardiac failure during a stress test in Assunta Hospital. Liz was a long-time activist in the US before she came to Malaysia. Many of us knew her as a friend and […]

We Shall Overcome: Remembering Irene Fernandez

We Shall Overcome: Remembering Irene Fernandez Media Statement, 3 April 2014 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is deeply saddened by the passing of Irene Fernandez. Many of us knew her as a comrade and friend, stretching back years to the beginnings of our lives as activists and human rights defenders. Irene Fernandez has had a […]