The Writer Behind the Words

Hello everyone, my name is Shafiqah Othman.

I am a Singapore-born Malaysian who is best known for my advocacy on social and human rights issues. I am a content writer, copywriter, and content strategist.

This is how my journey started.

I first started out as an activist. In doing advocacy, it was important that I knew how to engage with people and persuade them. It’s not easy getting an audience to see the other side of the coin. In fact, I haven’t always been good at it.

I first started with writing independent blog posts and sharing them on my social media. Afterwards, I went on to being a columnist and sharing my thoughts.

One of my most memorable campaigns to date would be the time I volunteered with UNICEF Malaysia. I became their content manager during their ‘Saya Sayang Saya’ nationwide tour, a follow-up to the Malaysian chapter of the global UNICEF campaign ‘Reply For All’. I made it my duty to raise awareness about child grooming. The ‘Saya Sayang Saya’ campaign finally led to the cabinet approval of the Child Sexual Crimes Bill in 2017.

I learned how to resonate with audiences and start conversations through my time as an activist. Forging human connections through words quickly became my passion. Writing is the simplest tool a person can use to drive change, inspire life, convey emotion, impart knowledge, and so much more.

Even though I am mostly recognised for my activism, I have enjoyed working together with clients from various industries and writing content about the aerospace, fashion, F&B, and healthcare industry –just to mention a few. I am always open to exploring new topics and learning more about different businesses, consumers, trends, and ideas.

Now, I hope to help other writers improve their craft by sharing tips, tricks, and advice. I hope you have an enjoyable journey in your writing career as much as I do!

P.S. I don’t only write about writing. I also talk about women empowerment, relationships, personal and career development. If you’d like to read more of my writing, feel free to follow me on Medium.