RISEAP organized a seminar on woman and family from 19-23 December 2011 at Grand Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, with a total of 33 participants including foreign representatives from RISEAP member organizations attended the seminar.
A 3-day seminar was to allow women to discuss various issues pertaining roles of women and family in shaping a stable and blissful family as prescribed by Islam. Women play a significant role in managing the family particularly the well-being and welfare of the children. There are reasons why Muslim family failed to cope with the current challenges especially high rate of divorce and welfare and education of the children. It is reported that the rate of divorce is alarming for instance in Malaysia which is taking place in every 15 minutes. Problems of divorce, responsibilities of husband and wife and domestic violence in Muslim family should be discussed seriously in detail. Muslim women must be given a proper education and knowledge to understand and be aware of their own rights and responsibilities. The seminar focused on these issues.
Women seminar is conducted by RISEAP every year since its inception in 1980s. It is a part of RISEAP Women’s Affairs da’wah activities.
Several speakers were invited to give talks and hold discussions on various issues about current challenges facing women and family. Among them were Ustaz Wan Sohor Bani Leman of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) who gave talk on love and family, Norazali Ahmad from Kuala Lumpur Health Department, who stressed on roles of women in providing healthy food and good health to the family.
An outspoken human rights lawyer, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri from Lawyers for Liberty, gave a lecture on women and laws and the importance of education for women. She also stressed that women should understand and be aware of their rights especially when they were abused by their husbands. She mentioned several cases about domestic violence when a wife is ignorant about the laws and their rights. They have no place to go to seek help.
The other speakers were Dato’ Assoc Prof Dr Halim Tamuri of UKM and a lawyer, Fadhlina Sidek, who explained about the importance of good communications in family and women’s role in generating family income respectively. While Prof Emeritus Dr Mohd Ismail Mohd Tambi gave talk on sex and reproductive system which is very important for family life.
The participants are 1) Ameenah Miding (Thailand), 2) Rokiyah Yadaro (Thailand), 3) Fadilah Waemajid (Thailand), 4) Hamdiyah Etae (Thailand), 5) Abidah Yahya (Singapore), 6) Ilyana Ilyas (Singapore), 7) Siti Nur Dalila Melatu Samsi (Malaysia), 8) Hawa Mas Azmar Ahmad (Malaysia), 9) Adijah Masah (Sabah), 10) Norhayati Chee Abdullah (sabah), 11) Maraih Ayob ( Sarawak), 12) Roslinawati Abdul Said (Sarawak), 13) Ysahak Sarifas (Cambodia), 14) Math Asiah (Cambodia), 15) Nor Azura Kamarudin Sohami (ABIM), 16) Fawzah Mohd Salleh (ABIM), 17) Ummu Salamah (Abim Outreach), 18) Nas (Abim Outreach), 19) Hjh Kalsom Adam (PERKIM), 20) Aminah Md Ghouse (PERKIM), 21) Nurlily Yap (MACMA), 22) Masytah Choon (MACMA), 23)Siti Rizita Ramli (PERTIM), 24) Wan manirah Wan Mansor (PERTIM), 25) Nur Azilah Ahmad Ibrahim (Malaysia), 26) Fazilah Megat Kashim (Malaysia), 27) Nordina Arbain (Malaysia), 28) Siti Nurul Milla (Indonesia, IIUM), 29) Azizah Amat Tamsir (Indonesia, IIUM), 30) Hamisah Bohari (HIKMAH), 31) Mordiah Hj Sat (HIKMAH), 32) Dyng Zaliha Pg Hj Sulaiman (Brunei) and 33) Dyng Zaiton Pg Hj Sulaiman (Brunei).
All participants received Certificate of Attendance from Sis Norainidah Jayus, RISEAP Women’s Affairs Officer at a simple closing ceremony held on 22 December 2011. RISEAP would like to thank all participants, staff and volunteers for making this seminar a success.