Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Teaching women to save their own lives

Free workshop: Teaching women to save their own lives
Date: Saturday 28 August 2010
Time: 9am - 11am
Venue: Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) auditorium in Pandan IndahLocation map at bottom:

A woman living in the city is exposed to all sorts of threats daily. Snatch thieves, robbers, rapists and even Peeping Toms. There is no denying that women are seen as “easy targets.”

Now two men — Pandan MP Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and safety activist Captain K. Balasupramaniam — want to help teach women how to survive in the city.

Ong is organising a free workshop on city survival skills this Saturday in his constituency, together with non-governmental organisations Yayasan Bakti Nusa Malaysia and Persatuan Belia Rakan Nusa.

Balasupramaniam said that the all-women workshop this Saturday would centre on things like voyeurism, snatch theft, house burglaries, rape, sexual harassment and even how to withdraw money safely from an ATM machine.

He pointed out that the workshop was restricted to women as some men may misuse the training to hurt women instead.

“We will teach them how to detect two-way mirrors in changing rooms and what to do if a man drags you into a room (to rape you),” said Balasupramaniam, who has trained over 100,000 women in the past 11 years.

Balasupramaniam added that he would even share basic safety tips like describing a taxi driver and noting down the number plate of the taxi aloud to a friend on the phone when travelling alone.

“If you do all that, do you think the taxi driver will dare abduct you?” asked Balasupramaniam.

The city survival skills programme will be held at the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) auditorium in Pandan Indah this Saturday from 9am till 1pm. Admission is open to females aged 13 years and above.

Source: Malaysian Insider

Location map: Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya)

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