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Thursday, 7 December 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Joining forces to end violence

THE Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) and Soroptimist International (SI) Ipoh have co-organised and launched a community project to raise awareness and end acts of violence.

The “One Million Stars to End Violence” community project, which was launched on Nov 25, will see participants creating paper stars, making one million of them, from now until International Women’s Day in March next year.

The stars would then be installed at AEON Klebang Mall, as a symbol to advocate an end all forms of violence, including violence against women and children, bullying, and racism.

PWW President Mable Wong said the project said the project was an opportunity for the people to be the light and hope in the world and to make something beautiful and powerful together.

“We know that domestic violence, violence on our streets, racism and harassment happen often. It is difficult to know what to do to help those who are suffering and to help prevent it.

“Stars are symbols of light, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence and the project is an opportunity to remind each other that we can do something about it and not feel paralysed by all that is broken in humanity,” she said.

“Ending violence is our responsibility, not just one person’s, or an organisation or a leader,” she added.

SI Ipoh President S. Sumathi said they hope to work with everyone and to invite those interested to be involved with the project.

“I urge everyone to join us in our advocacy to stop violence in any form and to learn of respect towards each other regardless of age, race, gender or belief and to show that they care,” she said.

“We hope that the sight of one million stars will show just how much we can achieve when we work together to create change and that it inspires a sense of hope, pride and belonging in our communities,” she added.

The project organised in conjunction with the United Nations’ “16 Days of Activism to end Gender-based Violence” initiative at 22 Hale Street in Ipoh.

About 80 people from various communities attended the launch, including the guest of honour Puan Sri Sandra Lee, who owns 22 Hale Street.

The stars that have been made for the project can be dropped off at 22 Hale Street, Ipoh.

For more information, call 012-588 2313 or visit www.facebook.com/1MillionStars.