‘Why is speaking up so important?’ I was asked this several times when I spoke about our ‘Make a Statement’ digital campaign, which was created to encourage women from various backgrounds to share the responsibility of speaking mindfully with pure authenticity about causes they believed in, so that others, who feel the same way, can stand up for their rights. It is also a way to encourage them—and every other woman out there—to be more vocal, speak up and speak out.
I want our ordinary women to stand up on behalf of victims, and say, “hey, this needs to stop!” before more and more stories turn into tragedies. I’m not suggesting that we should force our opinions on others. I’m merely stating that we should strive to communicate with more authenticity and less fear, so that others will listen. Turn to pg80 to read a list of statements from women of power all over the world.
Many of the victims subjected to abuse are often those who are powerless and the marginalised. Imagine the change we would start to see if everyone stepped up and exercised their power to express disapproval in support of those victims. Having a voice and using it effectively is astonishingly powerful. In this issue, we speak to the fearless Heidy Quah about Malaysia’s alarming criminal acts of baby selling on pg78. She lent her voice to those of countless of innocents so they could be heard.
Another feisty heroine we had the pleasure of meeting was our cover girl, Constance Wu, shot by Mitchell Nguyen McCormack in Los Angeles. The lead of hit Hollywood blockbuster, Crazy Rich Asians, Constance is one of those people that are blessed with energy, wit and enthusiasm.
I recalled my mom’s words of wisdom from when I was sixteen years old; “What scares us the most is not so much the fear of being rude and curt, but it is more of our uncertainty of the unknown. If you aren’t happy with what you see before you, say something. A small voice is still a voice. And no one can ever take that away from you.” A quiet woman, she often kept her thoughts to herself, fearing that she might offend others with her words. But times have changed. And the time to speak up is now.
COVER CELEBRITY, CONSTANCE WU
VENICE MIN FOR OUR ‘MAKE A STATEMENT’ DIGITAL CAMPAIGN