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REYNA EDUCATION CENTRE

RREC is an independent organisation located at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Established on 1st November 2016, the centre aims to bring some form of informal education to Rohingya refugees currently seeking asylum in Malaysia from persecution in their home state of Rakhine, Myanmar. RREC hopes that through education, they are able to achieve the following goals: (1) providing education so that the refugees may have better opportunities in Kuala Lumpur, or wherever they might be relocated to. (2) Provide a safe space for refugees to seek education. (3) Provide support and help for the refugees.

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RECIPES OF RESILIENCE

Recipes of Resilience is a photographic essay that will reveal the plight of Rohingya women in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, revealing that while these stateless women have assimilated into the local way of life, in a beautiful blend of religion and identity, they remain stuck in a perpetuating cycle of uncertainty and instability.

A series of 16 photos, the Recipes of Resilience photo essay cycles between showing the Rohingya women in their most intimate setting – the home they fight to keep – and the culinary concoctions they brought with them from a place they can no longer return, a reminder of what they were forced to leave behind. The food is a vehicle to show the evolution of the women as they absorb what they have gained from the land they hope to call their permanent home.

Brainchild of Singapore-based not-for-profit The Reyna Movement, Recipes of Resilience is a larger project – a cookbook that weaves the personal stories of the shared love between the Rohingya and Malaysian communities, in a bid to bridge the gap between the two identities.

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EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS

POLITICS OF MENSTRUATION

Politics of menstruation is the first out of a series of workshops aimed at imparting knowledge as well as building a safe community for women to discuss and debunk myths surrounding which.

The politics of menstruation explores issues on female menstruation. The taboo nature of the topic presents both barriers and opportunities to people depending on their social location. There are areas on social acceptance towards menstruation and typical female stereotypes to be addressed i.e.you are not to step into a Chinese temple when you are on your periods.

On top of racial and religious areas, awareness about existing risks associated with conventional products and alternatives available is still virtually non-existent across the general public, including harmfulness of using tampons and pads environmentally and personally.

The prohibition against talking about menstruation breeds a climate where corporations, companies and pharmaceutical companies can develop and market products of questionable safety. They can conveniently exploit women’s body shame and self-hatred.

 

ON RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT

He met the 13-year-old girl on Facebook, asked her to be his girlfriend and pressed her to send him pictures of her naked body. Benjamin Sim Wei Liang also kissed, hugged and touched the girl’s breasts in a taxi in December 2012. (Lum, 2015)

How common are sexual crimes in Singapore? A study funded by the National University of Singapore reveals that out of 132 women who emailed and called the helpline of a women’s group (AWARE) – only one in three had lodged complaints with the police. The social stigma against rape victims are astounding – there is a need to rise above such a social stigma. Society needs to educate, and be educated about the protection of an individual – women or men likewise

According to Singapore Police statistics (most recent statistics on rape), in 2014, there was a 49.2% increase in rape cases from 2013. (Shan, n.d.).There is a common misconception that Singapore houses a secure environment. While this is true, as seen from our relatively low crime rate – the fact is, rape still exists. Due to the misconception that Singapore is safe, women and girls alike do not take precaution measures in guarding their bodies against potential rapists.

The long-term negative impacts of rape include – an increased likelihood of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, and depression as well as higher levels of sexual dysfunction. These issues plague a rape victim for a lifelong period.

The importance in preventing rape from occurring in Singapore is evident. We can no longer maintain a façade that Singapore is a utopia with zero sexual crimes. There is a need for us to equip young Singaporeans – male and female, against the act of sexual crimes. We do so by answering the following questions:

  1. 1. What is an individual’s responsibility in protecting herself?
  2. 2. How can our society offer support to a rape victim?

These are questions our workshop addresses

 

MOVIE SCREENING - BODIES FOR SALE

The Rohingya are an ethnic minority indigenous to the state of Arakan, Burma. But the military Junta robbed them of their citizenship, making them stateless in their own homeland. This film looks at the violence unleashed on the Rohingya by traffickers as they flee Burma, fearing persecution and death.

According to TIP Report, an estimated 27 million persons are victims of trafficking at any moment, while only 40,000 (a mere .14%) were successfully identified globally in 2013. In these numbers, an astonishing 99.86% of trafficking victims remain silent and invisible not only to society, but also to governments and law enforcement agencies around the globe. Many traffickers prey on the weak, emotionally harmed, vulnerable and in many cases young children who have crossed the border alone and can be coerced into a life of misery.

Today, human trafficking is the world's fastest growing criminal enterprise; women and children in vulnerable positions unfortunately fall prey to these inhumane acts. These people are being trafficked as sex slaves, indentured labourers, even as far as being exploited through child pornography and other types of abuse.

Awareness is crucial in reaching out to these refugees. Without awareness, comprehension, and support, injustices to human life will continue and prosper and voices will continue to go unheard.

In tandem with Reyna Movement’s aim, this movie screening will be able to bring awareness to the Rohingya community that is currently under the radar of Project Kakak Dan Adik.

Bodies for Sale is a film that uses powerful narratives and chilling visuals to describe the abuse and slavery of the Rohingya minorities at the hands of traffickers, as they embark on a sea journey to Malaysia, fearing death and persecution in Burma.

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