Friday, 21 December 2012

Rosmah condemns violence against women

An average of nine cases of domestic abuse and sexual assault have been recorded by police each day since 2010, said the Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

“Based on the latest police statistics, we found that there have been 9,314 domestic abuse and sexual assault cases since 2010. The reason that these statistics must be shared is because violence against women is a universal problem that cuts across region, religion, race and culture and affects women across the globe.

“Violence against women must be addressed as it will have a negative impact on the family institution and can disrupt a country's economic agenda,” she said during the National Anti-violence Against Women Day organised by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) here yesterday.

The Government, she noted, had taken several initiatives, including amending the Domestic Violence Act, the Employment Act and enacting the Anti-Human Trafficking and Anti-Migrant Smuggling Act, to further strengthen the laws to protect women in Malaysia.

“We saw 2,252 women, who were victims of human trafficking, rescued between 2008 and 2010 under the Anti-Human Trafficking and Anti-Migrant Smuggling Act,” she said.

However, she said improvement in policies and laws would not address the problem of domestic violence in a holistic manner without the enforcement of other mechanisms.

“Other initiatives, such as Talian Nur, the hotline to enable early intervention for victims of domestic violence, child abuse and natural disasters cases, have greatly boosted our efforts in trying to reduce these in Malaysia,” she said.

Malaysia, as a country that has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw), was committed to support and take affirmative action which would ensure that women's rights continue to be protected, said Rosmah.


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