[ETAN-key] NY Rally in Support of Elizabeth Wong & Women in Politics
cscheiner at igc.org
Thu Feb 19 16:46:57 PST 2009
Although I'm in Dili and won't be able to attend this rally in New
York, I encourage anyone who can to do so.
Before she became a political leader, Eli Wong was a tireless
solidarity campaigner for human rights, including in Timor-Leste. She
was a key organizer of the second Asia-Pacific Conference for East
Timor in Malaysia in 1996 (which was broken up by Mahatir's goons,
with many people arrested, including Eli), and I met her at the
subsequent APCET meeting in Bangkok.
I hope you can give her your strong support.
PS: John -- if you see JRH in New York, perhaps he can come to the
rally or at least send a message, to the Malaysian gov't as well as to Eli.
PS: Jessica, if there's more information you can send, I can
circulate it to friends here in Dili.
At 09:53 PM 2/19/2009, you wrote:
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>Dear friends and human and women's rights advocates,
>Join us for a rally in support of Malaysian Assemblywoman Elizabeth
>Wong & Against Unwarranted Attacks on Women in Politics.
>Friday, February 20th 11am
>313 East 43 St. btw 2 Ave. and Tudor City Pl.
>Please join supporters and activists rallying in front of the
>Malaysian Consulate in New York this Friday to demonstrate in
>support of our friend and colleague Elizabeth Wong, State Executive
>Councilor and Bukit Lanjan Assemblywoman from Selangor, Malaysia.
>She has been long time advocate for East Timor rights.
>This week Elizabeth Wong has suffered slander in the press and
>attacks on her credibility as a result of supposedly "undignified"
>photos of her being distributed to the press. The photos were taken
>without her knowledge or permission in the privacy of her own home.
>This attack on her personal life illustrates the double standard
>women face when in politics, with more attention being paid to
>superficial and irrelevant matters than to their platform and
>political record. This smearing of Wong's image is a classic attempt
>at a character assassination against someone with a proven track
>record of personal integrity. As a result Assemblywoman Wong has
>since offered her full resignation to her party, the People's
>Justice Party (PKR) which is said to be currently considering her resignation.
>The rally is being organized to give support to a brave activist and
>politician whose privacy and dignity have been violated and to call
>on her party to ask her to keep both her Assemblywoman post and her
>Executive Council post. The barrage of attacks against Assemblywoman
>Wong's right to privacy is nothing less than an attack on women
>To many, Elizabeth Wong is a friend, leader, and, foremost, an
>indomitable human rights advocate and environmentalist. Wong has
>worked tirelessly as a human rights advocate for over a decade.
>Before running for State Assembly in 2008, and winning with a
>majority 5,000 vote she was the Secretary-General of the National
>Human Rights Society (Hakam) from 2000-2006. She was also involved
>in the creation of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus for
>Democracy and the Solidarity Campaign for Human Rights in Aceh,
>Indonesia. She has also worked on regional refugee rights and is a
>long time advocate for East Timor human rights.
>During the last 11 months that she has served as an Assemblywoman,
>Elizabeth Wong has been an outspoken government advocate for
>responsible development, environmental rights, poverty alleviation,
>minority rights and press freedom. She has fought for such policies
>as environmentally responsible private development, a minimum wage
>for workers and greater rights for women in an all too often
>unreceptive political environment. She is also currently the
>Information Chief of the Women's wing of PKR.
>For more information contact: Jessica Rucell
><mailto:Jess.Tigra at gmail.com>Jess.Tigra at gmail.com & Jonathan Hulland
><mailto:jonathanhulland at gmail.com>jonathanhulland at gmail.com
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