Women’s group to focus on kids and the abused

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JOHOR BARU: The Johor Women’s League (Jewel) will continue to help and promote awareness among the less fortunate children as well as women who are victims of domestic violence.

Its new president Woo Sow Pheng said that Jewel would work closely with other groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in helping the children who are facing such a plight.

“We will start by helping the children who have problems with their birth certificates and which has made them unable to register for school.

“This problem occurs when the parents of the children do not register their marriage with the Johor Islamic Religious Department (JAIJ) after undergoing solemnisation in Thailand,” she said.

Raja Zarith Sofiah (third from left) presenting a certificate to a successful bidder in an auction for the Phalaenopsis flower that was held during the high-tea held at Persada Johor International Convention Centre.

She added that Jewel would also focus on helping women who are the victims of domestic violence.

“We know that most victims in such cases are those who are afraid to stand up for themselves.

“For this year, Jewel will hold seminars and workshops on women’s rights, targeting participants involved in domestic violence,” she said.

Woo, the former principal of SMK Sri Tebrau, said apart from this, she is also planning to organise public safety programmes for the children.

“As a former teacher I have always felt that it is everyone’s responsibility to look after children who are the victims of abusive parents,” she said.

She added that the programmes include distributing pamphlets and flyers on domestic violence as well as urging the children to speak up to teachers or other adults if they face such problems instead of keeping it to themselves.

“Jewel will continue to donate and channel money to the underprivileged as well as the poor,” she said in her speech during Jewel’s High-Tea event in conjunction with International Women’s Day 2016.

About 450 people were present, including Johor Police Contingent Family Association director Datin Musalma Mohd Saman and Johor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Aishah Mohamad.

The event was also attended by 24 members of Jewel.

Johor Permaisuri Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah graced the event.

The high-tea was held at Persada Johor International Convention Centre.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2016/04/20/womens-group-to-focus-on-kids-and-the-abused/#smWp12EHlQqqUEkq.99

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