Anti Bullying Speaker & Ambassador
To create awareness about anti bullying
Today we are moving away from the world of startup stories and are featuring an interview with this week’s female role model Sharon Jasmin from Malaysia.
Sharon Jasmin is an anti bullying speaker and ambassador who is, also, passionate about women empowerment. She is a winner of the Mrs. Malaysia International World 2019 and Mrs. International Global Runner Up 2019 and often participates as a freelance model on events. In this interview, she gives some great insight into her Anti Bullying Advocacy work.
It was an absolute pleasure of interviewing this inspiring anti-bullying advocate and a female role model.
PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
Standing at 175cm tall, I am a winner of the Mrs. Malaysia International Global 2019, Mrs. Malaysia Advocacy Queen 2019 and also a former Miss Malaysia World Finalist 1998. I am a wife to an Orthopedic Surgeon and also a mother of 2 lovely girls age 11 and 14.
I am currently actively involved as a Speaker for Anti-Bullying campaigns and I have visited schools & universities (mostly in the Klang Valley – Malaysia) to speak and create awareness about anti-bullying and its consequences to students.
Being in my 40s, I have a deep love for fashion and evolution, I like being on runway shows and I am also inspired to model in magazines for fashion, beauty, health, lifestyle and anti-aging products and services that women my age would love to know about.
WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE AND HOW DO YOU STAY PRODUCTIVE?
I start my day very early, waking up at 5am – my morning hustle where I get my girls ready for school. After sending them to school, I head straight to the gym to workout or go for a brisk walk at the park for an hour. Then back home to have my breakfast and I also use this time to plan my workday, household responsibilities, and the after-school schedule.
I get so much accomplished for work and other stuff between 9:30-2:00pm – “My alone time”. Most of the weekdays I usually meet up with friends and clients for coffee/lunch and then head to the office to get some work done or work from home. I have a super flexible job and I am grateful for that and this is why I have the time to plan my anti-bullying projects for schools.
My evenings are spent with my kids, picking them up from school and heading right home. Favorite time of the day. This is when I make the kids a snack and we talk, catch up and hear about whats going on in school.
During dinner – with my husband and kids, we love sitting down together and talking about how our day went. It may be rushed some days but it’s still a priority for us.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT HOW YOU FIRST BECAME INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN ANTI BULLYING ADVOCATE, AND HOW YOU GOT STARTED?
I started becoming interested to be an advocate for anti bullying a few years ago when my daughter who was 10 at that time was bullied in school and I saw how that affected her so much and the saddest part of it was I didn’t realize that she was bullied and only got to know about it a few weeks later from another mom.
I plan to continue my advocacy to help create awareness about Anti Bullying to as many school and college students as possible.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY FOCUSED ON IN YOUR ROLE AS AN ANTI BULLYING ADVOCATE FOR JUNIOR CHAMBER INTERNATIONAL AND OTHER ACTIVITIES YOU’RE INVOLVED IN?
I am currently initiating bullying talks at schools and colleges around Klang Valley and Selangor (Malaysia). I do believe that this platform will enable me to reach out to victims that has been bullied, to confront, prevent and diminish the impact of bullying in the long run with the help of others.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT AND YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN YOUR ADVOCACY WORK?
I also believe that educating children about bullying begins from home, parents have enormous power to promote respectful attitudes and behaviors and discourage disrespect and meanness. It is the job of parents to teach kids what is acceptable and unacceptable, what is right and what is wrong.
My challenge is getting more parents involved in educating their children about bullying and my biggest achievement is when I know that I have helped students who have been bullied to voice out and inform their teacher of the incident and in return get help.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED IN THIS TYPE OF ADVOCACY WORK?
We do need more women to be advocates for bullying as I do believe we can all make a difference in a child’s life. It is not a full time job but just doing our part in communicating / advising / teaching students around us on what bullying is all about and why they should not be a Bully. Let us together build a future generation where children will care and be a buddy for one another. Be A Buddy Not A Bully!
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?
I also believe in Women Empowerment. Women Empowerment is key to social transformation. It is about educating women and teaching them to believe that they are beautiful and that they deserve to be honored regardless of their shape, size and colour or where they come from.