Women Empowerment 2016

Women Empowerment in Kpg Tamok, an Orang Asli village

(19 June 2016) 

Jewel members made a trip to Orang Asli Village at Kampong Tamok, Bekok, Segamat District, Johor.We were greeted by Mr. Machang, the respected leader in the village.

Jewel assisted and made the arrangement for a Volunteer from Switzerland, Ms. Ann Richter to assist and advise the Orang Asli especially the ladies in creating activities for  eco- tourism  to improve the economic status of the community. 22

             Macang ( seated 3rd from the left) , Ann Richter ( standing 2nd from the right)  Tok Batin ( seated 3rd from right) with                         Jewel  members.

They are bunch of amazing and talented people.

Jewel is working on  empowering  the ladies in the village to be independent and help to create income from economic activities like basket weaving, demonstration of Orang Asli cooking  and  many uses of jungle products  collected in their  ‘backyard’.


                                             Demonstrating how the palm leaves  are prepared for the basket and mat weaving.




The Rumah Kebudayaan has now been readied to showcase the various Orang Asli cultural exhibits and  demonstrations like weaving, using a blowpipe, cooking and dances for tourists






 A delicious  vegetable- only dish of  scraped  tapioca , tapioca  leaves,  daun    kesum and chillies among the varied  ingredients.

Domestic Violence Cases  June 2016:

Vanitha , Jewel’s Head of Women Empowerment sub-committee is seen here at the lawyer’s office helping to file the papers for  child custody  for the client, a victim of domestic violence  abandoned by her husband. Jewel gives assistance to DV victims who have no financial means by paying for the cost of opening a file with the lawyer who will assist in advising  the victim and  bringing the case to court. A month’s work in filling in the forms and getting the necessary documents ready to fight for custody of the children!

  1. ** , another case filling for divorce from an abusive husband who has beaten her up and scalded her with hot water. Has 4 children, aged 14, 10, 8, 5.   Jewel supported  and  assisted by  paying  the fee for opening a child custody file with the lawyer. Today the lawyer will be filing the case for child rights as the perpetrator did not go through the marriage rights with the victim. Awaiting court case. Being counselled. Started Counselling 15th June . Appointment with lawyer 29th June


iii.   S,  aged : 42  . Single mother with 4 school going children. Jewel assisted with back to school purchases 2015. She  could not read or write, proudly received her driving license with the help of Jewel organisation paid for her driving test and assisted her in getting the necessary documents to take the verbal test. She will now be able to earn a living driving children and factory workers in her car.

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iii.  S , DV victim. Vanitha , head of W.E.  fetched from HSA. Her husband hit her and poured petrol on her and  attempted to light her up. Also threatened with a knife.  She was taken to Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat  for IPO. Then taken to Mahkamah Seksyen. Abuser has been sentenced to a year of jail. Ongoing Counselling & job placement


February  2016 :

Shariffah  who was severely beaten up by her abusive husband who traumatised her and the children has started her baking business with the assistance and support  of  Thanam  and Jewel  from the time she was a victim of abuse . With her husband jailed over the atrocities he committed, she is able to start a new life and today she celebrated the launching of her food business which was  jumps
tarted by a donation of  baking  equipment  from Jewel.





















Jewel’s  efforts to  empower  Johor women to be leaders  in joining   women all over the world to urge  for world peace through a mother’s heart .  The Peace Forum, jointly organised by Johor Women Development Department (JPW) , Johor Bahru City Council (MBJB) , International Women’s Peace Group ( IWPG) , Jewel and other women NGOs  brought together leaders of NGOs, prominent members of society  to promote the culture of peace in Johor.

The guest-of- honour was YB Dr Zaini Abu Bakar, ADUN Nusajaya who spoke well on the need for a peaceful mindset in settling conflicts. Dato Freedie Long, Chairman , MCPFand Mr Ang Boon Heng, MBJB Councillor  lent their support to the peace work.

Sarah Gun, IWPG delegate spoke on the secret to achieve peace while  two speakers, Dato’ Aishah Muhammad and Prof. Dr Dhamodass Darmoo spoke on the importance of peace.

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                        The Johor HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee members  at their Inauguration on 18 June 2016.



 Jewel  Public Talk by TAN SRI RAFIDAH AZIZ ( 8 May 2016)
      Topic:  “Planet 50-50 by 2030 : Step It Up for Gender Equality”
(UN Women’s International Women’s Day Theme 2016)

One of Malaysia’s iconic female leaders, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz was in town to inspire women with her wisdom and experience. Jewel invited the  Former International Trade and Industry Minister and now Chairman of AirAsia X to mark International Women’s Day 2016 with a public talk titled “ Plant 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up For Gender Equality”

Tan Sri Rafidah pointed out the simple fact that women must take charge of their families, a simple leadership role within one’s immediate circle of people that can help shape the future.

More than 200 guests attended the talk, among them Datin Mulsalma Mohd Saman, Chairman of Perkep, former johor Deputy Johor Police Chief , Dato’ Aishah Mohammad, Mohd Ali Taib, Director of Johor Women’s Development Office.

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  International Women’s Day Celebration :  “ Step it up For Gender Equality”  ( 8 April 2016)

Jewel International Women’s Day held on 8th April 2016 at Persada International Convention Centre, Johor Bahru.   The  celebration was a memorable events with fund raising activities attended by 450 guests.

In line with Jewel’s objective of empowering women, the outgoing and incoming Jewel Presidents highlighted  the 2016  UN theme  “ Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up For Gender Equality”  preceded with  a multimedia video on Jewel’s projects.

It was a very meaningful and colorful event as  it was graced by HRH Raja Zarith Sofia Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, The Queen of Johor.

Empowering the Voice of Women

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