KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — Institut Sosial Malaysia (ISM) has implemented 31 anti-sexual harassment training programmes to provide understanding and awareness of the importance of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act 2022 (AAGS).
Women, Family, and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the programmes, conducted via workshops, town halls and seminars, involved 1,570 participants nationwide who will be trained as agents to disseminate knowledge and awareness about sexual harassment to the public.
The workshops received cooperation from various parties including Federal and state government departments and agencies, the local authorities, as well as non-governmental organisations, volunteers, and communities nationwide.
“ISM has also established cooperation with the Australian Institute of Social Relations (AISR) in Adelaide, which received the participation of four ISM officers to enhance human capital capacity.
“ISM is the first government agency in the world to participate in training at AISR, which took place from October 22 to October 28. Congratulations,” she said at an appreciation ceremony for ISM strategic partners today.
For the coming year, ISM will intensify efforts to expand its network of strategic collaborations internationally, especially with several educational and training institutions in the Southeast Asian region.
Meanwhile, Nancy welcomed the strategic cooperation between ISM, an agency under her ministry, with government departments, agencies, the private sector, and non-governmental organisations, as it encourages interaction and strengthens networks.
“It also aims to assist in developing and improving ISM’s policies, roles, functions, missions, and visions, especially for the long term.
“This cooperation is crucial not only for the success of ministry programmes but also to encourage diversity in decision-making and planning for the future of Women, Family, and Community Development Ministry,” she said.