A GROUP of women, clad in orange T-shirts, took part in a flash mob to send out a powerful message against domestic violence in Penang.
The performers, from 18 Women and Family Development committees in the state, even incorporated sign language in the dance which was part of the Penang Goes Orange (PGO) annual celebration.
Joining in the flash mob at the scenic Karpal Singh Drive was Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow who commended the performers and Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) for continuously raising awareness and addressing domestic violence matters.
“These events show that effort has been made and the mission is taken seriously to stop domestic violence.
“Domestic violence cases have been on the rise since 2010, ” he said.
The PGO campaign was launched in November 2014 by the state and PWDC, with the aim to create awareness on domestic violence against women and children.
Chow said the performers practised for a couple of weeks to incorporate sign language into the performance.
“This performance will be showcased in Bukit Mertajam as well.
“It is to create awareness as the public needs to take domestic violence seriously, ” he said.
Chow said the state government believed that women and men must have equal opportunities, rights and freedom to develop their full potential.
“To achieve this commitment to the people, the state will strongly support, promote and push for specific laws to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace, public areas, schools and institutes of higher learning, ” he said.
Present were assemblymen Lim Siew Khim, Teh Lai Heng, Joseph Ng, Chris Lee and Mohd Tuah Ismail along with PWDC chief executive officer Ong Bee Leng.