AWAM combats Gender-Based Violence (GBV) such as rape, sexual harassment and domestic violence while envisioning and working towards substantive equality while recognising the unique diversity, intersectionality, and play of power, privilege and other environmental factors.
AWAM envisions a just, democratic, and equitable society where all persons, in particular women, are treated with respect and are free from all forms of violence and discrimination. Based on feminist principles, we seek to achieve our vision by building a movement that informs, connects and mobilises towards:
- securing women’s rights,
- bringing about gender equality,
- building capacities for women’s empowerment and social transformation ; and,
- supporting women in crisis.
AWAM operates on the strength of a dynamic and dedicated group of members and staff who shape the direction and policies of the organization. As a collective, AWAM strongly believes in having an inclusive participatory and empowering organisational culture.
We are guided in our work and decision making by five core values:
- Compassion and Respect
- Equality and Justice
How We Work
AWAM is membership-led organization whereby members do participate in the decision-making process at various levels – individual, committee and the collective. The highest level of decision-making occurs at the WC or Working Collective level which comprises of both the Executive Council, EXCO members and member-staff.
However, in 2018, we noted that member participation in committees have dropped significantly which eventually led to a shift in the organizational practices. Today, program work is handled by the Program Officer with the occassional support from members.
A board consisting of elected members whose aim is to chart and focus the direction of the organisation with including activities, campaigns, documentation and events.
Programmes and Operations Manager
Ms. Nisha Sabanayagam
Leads the management, programming and financial sustainability of organization. Determines the strategic direction of organization in a timely manner, adapting to respond to changes in political and socio-economic changes. Strategize, develop and supervise implementation of projects to drive the advancement of gender equality and curtail the problem of gender-based violence in Malaysia.
Support national level gender sensitive programming and advocacy through participation in select government committees/ meetings to draft national level policies and/or provide input into national level plans, with a focus on gender based violence.Lead on building alliances with women’s rights national and international networks to advocate as partners for various gender based violence issues in the country.
Information and Communications Officer
Ms. Lochna Menon
Manages and monitors org social media press statements, newsletters and website which promotes the organization’s brand, activities or products. Acts as a liaison between the organization, the public, and the media to ensure that the brand remains top of mind. Organizes events and forums to engage stakeholders about issues of gender based violence.
Support national level gender sensitive programming and advocacy through participation in select government committees/ meetings to draft national level policies and/or provide input into national level plans, with a focus on gender based violence.
Anti-Sexual Harassment Programme Officer
Ms. Lilian Kok
Leads the implementation of the Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention (SHAP) programme, which include training, policy and advocacy components. Provides input into programme strategy and budgeting for overall organization. Liases with relevant stakeholders to coordinate and ensure smooth running of SHAP programme. Implements the Feminist Buatan Malaysia (FBM) programme to encourage more younger women to engage with AWAM.
Supports national level gender sensitive programming and advocacy through participation in select government committees/ meetings to draft national level policies and/or provide input into national level plans, with a focus on gender-based violence.
Finance and Admin Officer
Ms. Camelia Sulaiman
Oversees the financial transactions of the office, keeps tracks of monies in bank accounts, supports the budget development of the operations and programs and produces monthly and annual reports. Carries out adminstrative duties to support the smooth running of the office.