Borneo Post: Empowering women against cyber-violence

The Borneo Post reported last month on cyber violence against women, specifically in Malaysia. The article featured interviews with Maria Chin Abdullah, executive director of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER), and Mohd Mustaffa, executive director of the Communications and Multimedia Content Forum of Malaysia (CMCF).

The article states “Information and hard data on the incidences of online violence perpetuated against women in Malaysia are quite scant although it is believed to be on the increase.” Ms Abdullah says in the article that it is difficult to secure sufficient evidence under Malaysian law to successfully prosecute a case because victimised women are often so traumatised by what has happened to them that they get rid of evidence, such as deleting email, text messages and digital photos.

However, both experts say that the best way to prevent and protect women and children from violence – online and offline – is through education, awareness and vigilence.

To read the article in full, please click here.

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