Members of SIPJ joined “Walk The Talk” on 1 December 2013 which was organised by SIROM with the theme this year “Zero Tolerance, Zero Violence, Zero Victims”. There were more than 500 walkers comprising women, the girls and boys and the atmosphere was bubbly and energetic despite the early morning start.
In line with the twin focus of this year’s Walk The Talk campaign was to Walk and Talk to create greater awareness on crimes of violence against women and girls, the event started with a symbolic 2 KM walk from the car park of Securities Commission to Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club followed by several talks at the Club House. On arrival, the walkers was surprised by a flash mob dance by students from Asia Pacific University.
For the next part of the programme, the participants were taken to two different halls for the talks. Before the talks commenced, the new Soroptimist film, “Violence Against Women – A Year to Make a Difference” was screened.
The talks covered several topics like, “Prevention and Safety Tips “, “Women’s Rights”, “Women As Drug Mules “, “Cyber Crimes” and “Crimes Against Women ” to help empower the participants on preventive and proactive ways to be safe.
This event was made possible through a collaborative effort with Amanita, (Peace Lady) introduced as a special unit of the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) in an initiative to engage housewife in neighbourhood safety, D11 division of the Royal Malaysian Police that deals with sexual, domestic violence and child abuse, sponsorship support of The Body Shop who was our last year’s WTT main sponsor and Etiqa Insurance and Takaful, both strong advocates of empowering women and supported by the Malaysian SI Clubs in the Klang Valley. (extracted from Walk The Talk Facebook page)
SIPJ ladies (from left: Sharon Saw, Phng Li Kim, Jas Bir Kaur,
SWP President Puan Sri Gnanalingam, SIPJ President-Elect Yati Abdullah
and SIPJ President Kim Fong).
SIPJ ladies with Body Shop Managing Director, Datin Mina Cheah-Foong
The Walk The Talk event started off as a dream of our Federation President and SIPJ member, Puan Sri Siew Yong Gnanalingam, thinking of a federation wide campaign that would involve all the members of SISWP from the 13 countries.
The pieces came together in 2012, when she discovered Datuk Elizabeth Maurice and her 2 friends Rose Moguloi and Clarice Mojigoh of SI Kota Kinabalu were walkers. They inspired her to create a walk which will promote Soroptimists’ stand against all forms of Violence Against Women which was something Puan Sri Siew Yong was very passionate about and to attract publicity as a high profile and unique event in Malaysia.
With this, she conceptualised a Federation wide Walk The Talk event to advocate “Stop Violence Against Women” which was announced at the Conference of Clubs in Greymouth New Zealand in May 2012 during Puan Sri Siew Yong’s inaugural speech stating that the event will take place in conjunction with the UN Declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence from 25th November to 10th December 2012.
Malaysia led the way by organising “From Perlis to Sabah-Walk The Talk –Stop Violence Against Women” whereby 3 Soroptimist International Kota Kinabalu members walked 850kms in 17 days from Perlis to Johor Bahru, flew to Kuching, walk to the city centre, flew to Kota Kinabalu a and ended with a walk to the city centre closing event. This event was in collaboration with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development and supported by the Royal Malaysian Police with Body Shop as the main sponsor.