Suaram Penang organized the Wanita Perubahan (WanitaSuPer) gathering on 18 March at the Speakers Square, Penang. The event begin with Que Lin, from Suaram explaining the meaning of ‘Wanita Perubahan’ and the logo of a child with one hand raised.
People’s participation were called for when, they were asked to come up individually to draw on a piece of paper which stated one of the demands the Wanita SuPer were demanding for. As the demands were drawn ad read out, posters with the six demands were then carried by volunteers.
After all the six demands were draw out and the posters flashed to the people, it was time for the speeches. State executive councillor Lydia Ong, started the ball rolling followed by Lim Kah Cheng, Dr Cecilia Ng, Haris Zuan (youth), Teh Yee Cheu and a few others.
Most of them spoke on women’s issues. The people were reminded about fighting for gender equality and the fact that 51% of voters are women, so the women were urged to vote wisely.
Teh gave an interesting speech where he highlighted the plight of the transgendered communities, whom he said are women too, so, equal rights as women have should be accorded to them.
A lady in purple T-shirt and while gloves explain about the white gloves. She said white symbolize cleanliness and the white-gloved hand symbolize the fight of Wanita SuPer for a clean government.
The people were also given chance to say something, and three people steeped forward to air their views. A poem was recitated by someone in English, which was then translated in Mandarin. Everone then joined in singing a song about women.
A large male support was seen at the event.
The six demands from Wanita SuPer were:
1. A GOVERNMENT FREE OF CORRUPTION
2. A DECENT LIVING WAGE:
3. A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE:
4. AN END TO GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE:
5. REPEAL OF THE PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY ACT:
6. FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS: