Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is calling out to all Malaysians to take an active role in the formulation of policies and the implementation of government programmes. The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development Ministry has launched a special creative video contest to encourage all Malaysians to take an interest in preventing sexual harassment in the country.
Open to all Malaysians, Dr Wan Azizah hopes that the creative video challenge will arouse the awareness of the youths of the country. As videos’ influence continues to grow as the most influential tool on social media, the ministry thinks that by challenging the youths to create videos will help shine the spotlight on the growing cases of sexual harassment in the country.
Just in 2019, authorities report that a total of 711 sexual harassment cases were reported between January to June. That is a huge number between the span of 6 months. The reported cases fall within Section 354, Section 377D, Section 377E and Section 509 of the Penal Code.
The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development has also launched a special survey on sexual harassment. The survey does not focus only on women but on men as well. Between 5th August 2019 to 5th September 2019, the ministry would like to encourage all men and women of all ages to participate in the survey. The ministry hopes that the survey will help all parties understand how it has happened and take a step towards reducing harassment in the near future.
Sexual harassment is a very serious offence. The effects of sexual harassment leaves a negative lasting impact on its victim. Let’s do our part to start reducing sexual harassment in the country with the use of the online survey! To participate in the Hentikan! Stop it! creative video contest, click here. To participate in the survey, click here. To understand more about both campaigns log on to http://www.kpwkm.gov.my
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