UK Study Visit Date : 26/3-6/3/09 Participants : 5 ( syariah practitioners ) Objective : For the progressive shariah practitioners meet and strategise in promoting progressive knowledge and also as an exposure to diversity of thought and culture
Indonesia Study Visit Date : 1-7/11/09 Participants : 12 ( activist, journalist, women leaders and academician) Objective : Participants are exposed to diversity of thoughts and cultures overseas so that they are able to spread the progressive and gender-just message locally
Know Your Right : Women Rights in Islamic Law Date : 31/5/09 Participant : 30 pax Speaker : Sa’adiah Din Facilitator : Norhayati Kaprawi Objective : Focused on raising awareness and engaged with grassroots Muslim women Artists & Activists – Towards a Just Society Date : 1-3/10/09 Participant : 25 Resource Person : Nia Dinata Facilitator : Angela Kuga Thas Co-Facilitator : Norhayati Kaprawi Objective : To create an atmosphere where both the artist and the activist can socialize and exchange ideas and viewpoints on issues ranging from gender roles, women’s rights and sexual orientation, to religion and state.
Follow up meeting “MUSAWAH Global Meeting” Date :31/3/09 Participant :51 pax Resource Persons :Zainah, Nik Noraini, Nazreen, Prof. Norani & Latifah Objective :Follow up to Malaysian Muslim women leaders, relevant government officials and key people that can support Musawah’s vision and objectives
Conversion & Islamic Family Law Issues in Malaysia Date :21/8/09 Participant : 9 Resource Person : Dr.Juanda Jaya Moderator : Norhayati Kaprawi Objective : To brief Dr Juanda Jaya (Mufti Perlis ) on the issue on conversion issues and the IFL (Wilayah Persekutuan) was postponed by the Majlis Raja-Raja meeting
Reproductive rights, abortion and Islam: Towards a SIS current position Date : 18th Jan 2011 Participart : 13 pax Speaker : Rashidah Abdullah Objective : This study session is the first step for SIS to re-look and develop a position on abortion in Islam. The findings from further sessions may become resources for a public education module.
Understanding about Religion, Marriage and Domestic Violence amongst Youths in Malaysia Date : 31st May 2011 Participant : 18 pax Speaker : Dr. Noraida Endut Objective : This study session aims to explore the perception of young Malaysians on marriage, religion and domestic violence based on a research conducted by Universiti Sains Malaysia.
The Corridor Date : 8th June 2011 Participant : 45 pax Speaker :Zeo Neirizi Objective :The session gave them different perspectives from other parts of the world.
Beyond the Degree: Malaysian Women’s Participation in Islam” Date : 21st July 2011 Participant : 18 pax Speaker : Crystal Corman Objective : This study session, the speaker wanted to share her research journey and her preliminary findings of her research on religion and religious leaders in peace-building initiatives. Liberating religion – How LGBT Anglicans are redefining the Church of England Date : 17th November 2011 Participant : 30 pax Speaker : Shanon Shah Objective :Homosexuality remains a controversial topic in contemporary Islam and Christianity. In this study session, SIS associate member Shanon Shah shared his master’s study’s findings on the effectiveness of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Anglican Coalition (LGBT AC)’s advocacy towards influencing the Church of England. The coalition’s current main demands include recognition for
Spiritual Syariah & Historical Fiqh Date :11/2/2010 Participant : 19 Speaker : Dr. Nik Noria Objective : To understand notions on the ruh (spirit) of shari'ah as well as the maqasid (objectives) of shari'ah and the usul al-fiqh (roots or bases of jurisprudence) as well as the furu' (branches of jurisprudence).
Syariah Criminal Offence Act Date :30/6/2010 Participant : 46 Speaker : Beng Hui Objective : Aims to trace the history of sexual regulation in Malaysia. It focuses on the Syariah Criminal Offences Enactments/Act, particularly its provisions that regulate sexuality in Peninsular Malaysia.
Violence Against Women, Cultural and State by Reality Date :14/7/2010 Participant : 25 Speaker : Zarizana Abdul Aziz Objective :The space for discussion regarding violence against women is a prevalent and persistent problem.
Children of Abraham Date :9/8/2010 Participant : 44 Speaker : Prof. Clive Kessler Objective :Aim of this talk is to try constructing a language outside of each individual faith communities of Islam, Christianity and Judaism to enable a common language to emerge.
UN international fact finding of humanitarian assistance to Gaza by Shanti DairiamDate :5/10/2010 Partipant : 33 Speaker : Shanthi Dariam Objective :Presented the findings of the UN international fact-finding mission on the Israeli attacks on the six flotilla ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza in 2010.
Screening and DiscussionImam & The Pastor Date :22/1/2010 Participant : 32 pax Facilitator : Dr. Hamidah & Patricia Nunis Objective :To create a space to have an inter religious dialogue using the video as stimilous.
Mencari Kartika Date :26/5/2010 Participant : 147 Moderator : Ratna Osman Speaker : Prof. Shad Farouqi. Prof. Norani Othman & Norhayati KaprawiObjective :This documentary explores the Muslim’s perception of justice in the context Malaysia
Women Scholars In Islam Date : 3/4/09 Participants : 21 Speaker : Dr. Akram Moderator : Norhayati Kaprawi Objective :Talk about his book ‘al-Muhaditthat’
Maqasid Shariah In Relation With Women Issues Date :28/4/09 Participants : 21 Speakers : Dr. Moqsith Ghazali & Kiyai Maman Imanulhaq Moderator : Norhayati Kaprawi Objective :To gain a more in-depth knowledge and to exchange view on and comparative study on women’s issue between Malaysia and Indonesia
Relationship Between Changing Demographic and Policies in Malaysian Date : 29/5/09 Particiapnts : 19 Speaker : Dr. Puzziawati Moderator : Norhayati Kaprawi Objective : To have a good understanding changing demographics affect and have impact on Malaysian women
Islamic Ethics, Gender & Sufism Date :17/7/09 Participant : 29 Speaker : Saadiyya Shaikh Moderator : Norhayati Kaprawi Objective :To learn the ideas of Islamic Ethics, Gender and Sufism
Trends in IFL Amendments Date :8/10/09 Participants :15 Speaker : Sa’adiah Din Moderator : Mas Elati Objective : To understand the IFL Malaysian system that has led to some misperceptions that certain features of the two legal systems are mutually exclusive and necessarily different from each other.
The polarised world of politics - The star - Musings
Musings By Marina Mahathir Wednesday July 20, 2011
Politicians of every stripe have two bad habits. Firstly, they think that those who don’t belong to any political party are incapable of having a single political thought. Secondly, when non-politicians think of a good populist idea, politicians of all stripes rush to hijack it.
George W. Bush, that giant of intellectuals, famously said after the Sept 11, 2001 attacks that “Either you’re with us, or you’re against us.”
Those words unleashed a world polarised by politics with no hope for peace, which necessarily requires a coming to the table of all sides to discuss common issues.
This “Us versus Them” mentality is an affliction that has befallen not only American politicians but many others around the world, including in our own country.
It creates an illness known as hyperpartisanship, which can be defined simply as “if you’re not on my side, you must be wrong.”
It’s the only explanation I can give for the consistently delusional statements that tend to come out from our politicians’ mouths.
To their minds, nobody can be right unless they’re on the same side.
Additionally, if you don’t agree with them, then you must surely be on the “other” side.
Politicians can’t seem to fathom anything but a bipolar world.
They can’t seem to get it into their heads that firstly, there may yet be a third (or fourth, fifth) way of looking at things, and secondly, that the ones with these different perspectives could conceivably be civilians.
Politicians of every stripe have two bad habits.
Firstly, they think those who don’t belong to any political party are incapable of having a single political thought.
They forget that every five years or so, it is they who insist that we think of politics when we go and vote.
Secondly, when non-politicians think of a good populist idea, politicians of all stripes rush to hijack it.
Non-politicians, otherwise known as civil society, then have to fight them off tooth and nail.
How many times have we had politicians turning up at big events organised by non-politicians and trying and making it sound as if it’s a big endorsement of themselves?
Some politicians are certainly more delusional than others.
Since Bersih 2.0 shocked them, they have been working overtime to demonise it.
It is one thing to badmouth the rally in the days before it happened but it’s quite shocking to see the pathetic attempts to paint it as a riot when it was clearly not.
From calling the teargassing “mild” to denying that the police had fired teargas into the Tung Shin Hospital, to trying to check the motives and bank accounts of those who went for the rally, our dear leaders insult us every day.
Yet all they have to do is, instead of surrounding themselves with sycophants who will only tell them what they want to hear, read all the heartrending and heartwarming personal accounts written by the many ordinary people who went to the Bersih 2.0 rally.
These were housewives, retirees and young people, all fearful of what violence they might encounter, but who steeled themselves to go and exercise their right to voice their opinions.
These were people who had probably never done anything more confrontational than argue with a salesperson in their entire lives, who faced teargas and water cannons fired at them by a government they probably voted in.
How much courage does it take to insult your own people from an airconditioned room compared to facing the FRU?
If our leaders think teargas is something mild, they should ask the FRU to try it on them.
I was lucky that day because I chose a route where the police decided not to deploy their gas and water cannons on us.
But many of my friends and colleagues were not so lucky. I feel ashamed that I suffered no more than tiredness, compared with what they so courageously went through.
And all our hapless leaders can do is call them names.
The people who went to Bersih 2.0 are Malaysians who will forever feel united and bound to each other because of that experience. Some may have been politicians and NGOs but so many more were just people of every race, religion, age and creed.
So many have said they never felt more Malaysian than they did that day.
At a time when everyone has been lamenting how divided we are, we came together. What more could we have wished for?
Perhaps we should take another leaf from Sept 11. In the wake of the death and destruction wreaked by the US government to avenge the World Trade Centre deaths, some of the families of those who died, horrified by such violent vengeance, started an NGO called Not In Our Name.
Perhaps those many decent Malaysians, the “silent majority” our leaders like to claim as their own, can come out and say that, even if they disagree with Bersih 2.0, they will not stand by and let their fellow citizens be insulted and abused in this way.
A number of 12 successful workshops have been conducted from Jan - Aug 2008, including a Training of Trainers with SIS members and a leadership training with grassroots Muslim women leaders. The workshops were held primarily in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor,
A workshop comprises about 25-40 participants, and this smaller group enables the participants to have a more in-depth discussion on women's issues and to share their life experiences.
Some of the workshops were held in response to the requests made by former participants who wanted their friends to also have access to the enlightening knowledge.
Workshop with ITF (International Transport Federation) Muslim women in Kuala Lumpur on 23 August 2008
Resource Persons : Dr. Nur Rufiah & Nyai Ruqayyah (Indonesian scholars), Sa’diah Din (syariah Lawyer) and Zainah Anwar ( former Executive Director of SIS)
Participants: 30 people
_________________________________________________________________________________________ Dialogue with Muslim organisations in Malaysia on10 July 2008 Moderator : Norhayati Kaprawi (SIS programme manager)
Guest Speakers : Dr. Nur Rufiah & Nyai Ruqayyah (Indonesian scholars)
Participants: 18 people
_________________________________________________________________________________________ Workshop on“ Muslim Women Issues In Contemporary Society” on 7-8 July 2008
Facilitator : Norhayati Kaprawi (SIS programme manager) and Ms Lies Marcoes (gender consultant from Indonesia)
Resource Persons: Dr. Nor Rufiah & Nyai Ruqayyah (Indonesian scholars) and Zainah Anwar (SIS)
Participants: 30 Muslim men and women from various backgrounds (academicians, social activists, journalists, writers and university students)
Guest Speakers : Saadiah Din (Syariah Lawyer) and Zalina Hassan (Social Activist)
Participants: 38 people
_________________________________________________________________________________________ Half Day Meeting with Women Leaders in Kelantan on "Ke Arah Pembangunan Wanita" (Towards Women's Development) on 19 January 2008
Large Group Training on Awareness Forum “Ketahui Hak Anda: Pengurusan Harta Dalam Perkahwinan” 6 January 2007
Speakers: YBhg Dato' Ismail bin Yahya (Mufti of Terengganu), Nia Dinata (Director of the Indonesian Film "Berbagi Suami), Prof. Norani Othman (UKM/SIS member), Shireen Muhiudeen (Financial Consultant), Nik Noriani Nik Badli Shah (SIS member), dan Razlinawati Razali (SIS Legal Officer)