Walk the Talk – Stop Trafficking Women and Girls
WALK THE TALK – STOP TRAFFICKING WOMEN & GIRLS
25 November 2017
Soroptimist International Region of Malaysia (SIROM) will be organising a Public Forum and Movie screening on Human Trafficking on 25 Nov 2017 in conjunction with the United Nation’s 16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women. The theme for this whole day event is “Walk the Talk – Stop Trafficking Women and Girls”. This is the sixth year that SIROM will be holding the “Walk the Talk” event since it was launched in 2012 and this year our partner will be the Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. The Council for Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (MAPO) under the Ministry of Home Affairs will partly sponsor the event and we will also be supported by the Royal Malaysian Police and Tenaganita, an NGO that supports the rights of migrants and victims of trafficking in Malaysia.
We are also delighted and honoured to confirm that Datuk Nur Jazlan Bin Mohamad, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs will be our Guest of Honour and will launch the events of the day at 9.00am.
SIROM’s purpose in organising the Public Forum on Human Trafficking is to raise awareness about this problem and also to educate the public especially University and college students on what roles they can play to stop this problem.
As future leaders, we believe they can advocate for changes in policies and laws.
SIROM views this problem very seriously and we would especially like to highlight the plight of women and child victims. As a responsible NGO, we would like to play our part in helping to eradicate this problem and we hope to work with other NGOs, academic institutions and Government agencies to achieve this.
Students from the University will also be involved in several activities on that day including a symbolic walk around the campus followed by a flash mob, a photography competition on the theme of human trafficking and a Cambodian dance. In addition they will act as guides and ushers.
The Keynote speaker will be Mr Sebastian Boll, Regional Research Specialist with UN-ACT in Bangkok. The panel will be moderated by Dr Theresa Devasahayam from SI Singapore, and will include eminent speakers from various backgrounds including MAPO, Tenaganita, the Police force and a lawyer from the Malaysian Bar Council.
In the afternoon of the same day, we plan to have a special private screening of a film called “Talking to the Trees”. This movie tells the story of a 10-year-old Cambodian child who is the victim of a sex trafficking ring. It has won many awards in the international arena. We also plan to bring the young child star, Moniroth, and her chaperone to meet with the audience before the screening.
In addition, we hope to raise funds through the film screening and public forum to build a classroom for Moniroth’s school in Cambodia.
Dr Saradha Narayanan
|Soroptimist International Region of Malaysia (SIROM)Walk the Talk – STOP TRAFFICKING WOMEN & GIRLS|
|Date:||25 Nov 2017, Saturday|
|Venue:||Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation
Jalan Teknologi 5, Taman Technologi Malaysia
57000 Kuala Lumpur
|Proposed programme for the day:|
|8.00 – 9.00am||Walk around the campus by APU students carrying placards|
|8.45am||Arrival of Guest of Honour and other VIPs|
|9.00am||Flash Mob on stage and open space by students of APU at the Foyer|
|9.15am||Welcome Speech by Dr Saradha Narayanan, President SIROM|
|9.20am||Speech by Guest of Honour, YB Datuk Nur Jazlan Bin Mohamad, Deputy Minister in Ministry of Home Affairs|
|9.30am||Official Launch of the event|
|10.00am||Keynote address by Mr Sebastian Boll, Regional Research Specialist with UN-ACT in Bangkok|
|10.30am – 12.30pm||Public Forum / Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking.
There will be 4 speakers and a moderator, followed by Q & A session with the audience.Moderator: Dr Theresa Devasahayam, Past President SI Singapore
|12.30 – 1.30pm||Lunch
Photography exhibition in the Foyer/ Open space outside Auditorium
Chief Judge : Mr Eric Peris
|1.30 – 1.45pm||Child star of movie (Moniroth) will be introduced to the audience|
|1.45pm||Owner of Seametrey Children’s School in Phnom Penh (Muoy You) will say a few words.|
|2.00 – 3.30pm||Movie Screening “Talking to the Trees”|
|3.35pm||Special Dance Performance by the Cambodian students in APU|
|3.50pm||Presentation of prizes for Photography Competition|
|4.00pm||Closing Speech by Ms Nora Lam, National Representative Malaysia, SIROM|