Tribunal of conscience: Women tell their stories in hope of better laws and protection

Though not a formal legal process and although it has no official power to issue legally binding decisions or enforce individual criminal responsibilities, the Women's Tribunal hopes to be a powerful tool for gaining support for women’s rights and gender equality. Photos: Women's Tribunal Malaysia

The testimonies of women at Malaysia’s first Women’s Tribunal last weekend were both outrageous and heart-breaking. They all depict the horrors that women in our country have suffered, with no avenue for protection or redress.

The 26 women who presented their testimonies – either live, through a video recording or via a proxy – were as diverse as the violations they’d been through.

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