ALOR SETAR: The epic ‘Walk The Talk’ nationwide walkathon campaign to stop violence against women was jointly launched by the Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and the Raja Puan Muda of Perlis Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akasha Khalil here.
The programme, which inspires three senior participants to walk from Perlis to Johor, and then finish in Sabah, is aimed at stopping violence against women and children.
The main organiser is the Soroptimist International Region of Malaysia (Sirom).
The campaign held in partnership with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry as well as bodycare group Body Shop is to galvanise the public to stand up against gender-based violence such as those against women and girls, including children.
It was also held in conjunction with the United Nations’s ‘International Day to End Violence Against Women’ on Nov 25 and would extend to the International Human Rights Day on Dec 10.
The three spunky walkers were led by Datuk Elizabeth Maurice, 56, who was accompanied by her friends Clarice Paini Mojigoh, 58, and Rose Moguloi, 52.
The three were flagged off around 10am on Thursday by the royal couple who were accompanied by their daughter Sharifah Farah Adriana, Soroptimist International South West Pacific (SISWP) president Puan Sri Siew Yong Gnanalingam and Sirom president Joanne Yeoh.
To offer support, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin walked together with the three women for some 4km along Jalan Arau-Kodiang route and they were supported by hundreds of members from the Territory Army 504 Regiment, academic staffers and students of University Malaysia Perlis, voluntary bodies as well as officers from the Perlis Women Development Department.
The three walkers will cover approximately 1,000km, from Arau to Johor Baru and then fly to Kuching. There will be pitstops along the route to rest and recuperate.
They will continue the walk after flying from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu and are scheduled to complete their journey by walking the final 10km to the Sabah capital’s city centre on Dec 9.
Two voluntary drivers Kamarolzaman Abdul Ghani, 33, and Ruzaini Yunus, 20, will escort the women throughout their journey.