The Co-Founder of Awaken Resistance

A local female sex worker and drug activist, Lisa Ja’afar 37 years of age, and a single mother of two beautiful teenage girls. and based on her own personal journey experiences to tackle the obstacles of life challenges that she had faced during the earlier period of her transition journey to access with the recognition to her own self-determination. By enduring with the repentance feeling to be rejected, especially when she had lost her own right to look after her own two children to correlated with her ultimate decision in opted out to choose sex work as mean to survive against the ‘norms’ human systems especially for woman who unable to possess for any highly recognisable tertiary education level for her to sustains within the reality world expectation of the work industry. The self-made quotes of “never to feel regrets” to whatever decision that she has to choose, have allowed her to see the world through a different lens of life perception, and having the privilege based on her colourful journey not only to be associated and mixed only with just one level of the class group-membership yet through her own family backgrounds, the circle of friends she had befriended with and of course through her own personal experiences she faces have allowed her to really understand and resonate against the stratification and inequalities treatments faces by the disadvantages and most marginalise group-membership community in Singapore.

Lisa Ja’afar had been a part of Project X staff from Dec 2014 till Sep 2016, she was posted as the associate program coordinator and outreach staff for the marginalised community members specifically targeted among the migrant and local sex workers in Singapore. And during the late Sept of 2016, she had chosen to resign as a full-time staff with Project X, whereas she had taken the opportunity to be a part of the Project X community board member.  In a way to provide Lisa Ja’afar, for her own freedom of space to indulges with her sudden emergence of passion in advocating against the human systems, stratification and inequality treatment encountered by the disadvantages minority and most marginalised key populations group-membership community especially on issues and topics about the local and migrant sex workers, LGBTQ, and the PUD community here in Singapore.

The sudden drive of passion to the world of activism is built upon during her attachment period whilst working with Project X. Especially since Lisa was posted as the associate program coordinator, whereby among her main work priority are to produce and designed programmes or workshop that specifically cater to the sex workers community, based on the continuous work exposure to be using the technology digital media as one the platform resources for her to conduct any research on updated work-related information that specifically related to sex works. By taking the initiative to join along with any articulate forum discussion from the regional and international sex workers networking movements, have allowed her to understand that Singapore is still having the total lack of cognitive awareness on the fundamental notion lead to the world of activism.

Sadly, to realise that based on the lack to inherent with the proper and appropriate foundation to the social work justices recognition have indirectly led to the dysfunction approached from the welfare and social human systems structural development of the country. Through the personal initiative of her to obtained with the cognitive notion to inherent for the appropriate awareness in the social justices works, especially in utilising for her advocacy work, have allowed her to empowered herself whereby at the significant age of 37,  where her level of awareness and understanding to the fundamental principle on the universal declaration of human rights and to significantly correlated it as the core reference for her to advocate for the human rights of the disadvantaged and most marginalize key population in Singapore, notably through her own personal past and current experience against the welfare and social human systems and the law policy here as allowed her to observe and realise that are other major factors that need for a social justices change especially towards to tackle against the parochialism and juxtapose approach contributed mostly by the welfare and social human systems structural in Singapore.

Through Lisa Ja’afar innovative suggestion of using the technology digital media as the platform mark, to gained the attention or awareness that needed the adequate and accessibility for any data-comparison information to be disseminated among the societal Singapore, and other part of the global world as to produce for the first-hand view of the actual facts through a more clearer and transparency, without concluding to any libelous or satirical remark against the continuous ongoing atrocities act of the oppression and disparity treatment contributed by state’s government and the societal institutional here in Singapore. To be having the privilege exposure for a self-journey reflection that are based on the qualitative personal experience of her on ground first-hand direct exposure to the stereotypes, discriminatory and hostility treatment coming from the societal and the social institutional here, have allowed to empower herself to inherit with the courage determination to be the representative voices from the marginalised and minority community. Not only to advocate against the systems but also to build the starting seed to allow for all states people of Singapore to access without any prohibition to denied any individual to attained their own empowerment for self-determination recognition to the inclusion to access with their human rights as a person, by living and co-sharing the environment space with other human development of states country regardless of the gender identity they represented, the work they opted to be involved, the sexual lifestyles of an individual preferences, etc to be respected and  state’s government obligation commitment to ensure that all state people are protected without any prejudices and discriminatory actions