KRYSS envisions a world where all peoples, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age or any other status, are aware of and able to fully exercise their freedom of opinion and expression, public participation and bodily autonomy that are premised on gender equality, non-discrimination and feminist principles.

KRYSS focuses on three key areas of change in trying to enable equal access and the right to freedom of opinion and expression for all, especially women/girls and gender non-conforming persons. These three key areas of change are:

KRYSS’s inclusive and intersectional work approach therefore centres on “knowledge”, “voice” and “collective action”. The first of three strategic approaches has the dominant theme of “knowledge” and seeks to enhance human rights advocacy and communication strategies through knowledge-building towards ensuring equality and non-discrimination in Malaysia. The second embraces “voice” and focuses on expanding the discursive space for equality, non-discrimination and human rights in the country. The third strategic approach is about movement-building and focuses on strengthening collective action, recognising and acknowledging that every single woman, man and gender diverse person is a catalyst for social change. All three strategic approaches have a deliberate emphasis on gender.

List of current projects:

Virtual Workshop Roadshow: Unpacking online gender-based violence

From March all the way to October 2021, KRYSS Network is running a “virtual workshop roadshow” where we make an open call to event and community organisers to invite us to jointly host a virtual workshop on digital rights and online gender-based violence with their organisation/society/collective or just a group of friends. These workshops would allow…

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Hacking Hate Virtual Camp

In July 2020, KRYSS Network organized a 14-day nationwide Hacking Hate Virtual Camp (2020) (HHVC) where we had 34 participants share knowledge, experiences and insights and contributed towards building a community of response against online gender-based violence (OGBV) and hate speech. We tap the expertise of individuals from various sectors, not just the human rights…

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REVOLUSIS – Fighting patriarchy with graphic novels

REVOLUSIS is a populist graphic novel in Bahasa Malaysia for teenage girls that is centred on girl-power, that girls can do great things with the right support. A brainchild of Knowledge and Rights with Young people through Safer Spaces (KRYSS), The creative team behind REVOLUSIS comprise six feminist writers and a graphic novelist artist who…

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Feminist Internet Research

KRYSS Network is part of the Feminist Internet Research Network, a three-and-a-half-year collaborative and multidisciplinary research project led by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). In this project, we seek to dismantle two dangerous assumptions – 1) that the exercise of freedom of opinion and expression (FOE) are equal for all; and 2) the social…

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Micro-grant for Southeast Asian feminist network

What is it all about? Spearheaded by KRYSS Network (Malaysia), Jakarta Feminists Association (Indonesia) and Gantala Press (Philippines), this initiative aims to strengthen our collective action for feminist organising and gender equality. 30 groups/collectives from the three countries will be selected to be part of this SEA feminist networks. Selected members will receive a micro-grant…

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Voice, Visibility and Influence: Towards Mapping Media Agents of Change for Gender Equality in Malaysia

“Women in media” has been interrogated through research in many ways. Conventionally, it touches on the portrayal of women, women’s role and responsibilities, and the structural challenges faced by women journalists in media. As such, “voice”, “visibility” and “influence” of women can take many forms in media. However, little research can be found on how…

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On the Record: Violence Against Lesbians, Bisexual Women and Transgender Persons In Malaysia

It was in 2010 that the CEDAW Committee adopted two ground-breaking General Recommendations that clearly elaborated the human rights protections afforded to lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people under the UN Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This included General Recommendation No.27 that recognised the multiple discriminations faced by…

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Mata Hati Kita

Mata Hati Kita took 24 first-person narratives of lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people into the public domain at a time when no one expected such a book to sit on the shelves of book stores around Malaysia. It was positively reviewed by Nik Abdul Razak who was then a member of the Islamic political party,…

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