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:

  • Collectivism
  • Compassion and Respect
  • Courage
  • Equality and Justice
  • Integrity

Who are we?

The All Women ‘s Action Society (AWAM), an independent feminist non-profit organization, established in 1985. At AWAM, our focus is on victims and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) such as rape, domestic violence and sexual harassment. We provide free counselling services and legal information, and this is open to all people in crisis, irrespective of gender. We also do public education and outreach with the aim of establishing a movement of people who are aware of the GBV issues facing society and want to eradicate the problems. AWAM also works directly with government agencies and ministry to advocate for policy change, understanding that positive change needs to happen in both society and legislation for sustainable holistic impact.

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.

Advocacy and Policy Change

Lobbying ministers, politicians and the public to enact, amend or repeal laws and policies to end gender violence

Public Education and Training

Talks, seminars, speeches, forums, campaigns, public booths and other similar outreach activities

Counselling and Legal Information

Through our Telenita helpline, AWAM provides free counselling and legal information to all people in crisis, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, religion, and other intersectionalities.

Community Engagement

AWAM engages with different communities and stakeholders to keep in touch with issues on the ground to inform our advocacy efforts

Amplifying Alternative Voices

Introduction of marginalized voices to challenge and provide alternatives to harmful dominant narratives.

The Working Collective

Programme 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.
  • 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.


Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention (SHAP) Programme Officer


Ms. Lilian Kok


Services Programme Officer


Ms. Mayna Ramesh Patel

  • To coordinate and implement AWAM’s Services programme, including Intern Counsellors and Legal Pupil Orientation, AWAM Services on Wheels and other Outreach programs.  
  • To coordinate AWAM helpline, TELENITA and Tabung TELENITA AWAM. 
  • To develop substantive capacity on the issues that AWAM advocates, in order to conduct or facilitate talks, workshops and other public education events for AWAM. Said issues include:
    Gender Based Violence (GBV), Sexual Harassment, Patriarchy, CEDAW, gender sensitisation and leadership. 
  • Manages and monitors AWAM’s 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 AWAM reaches out to those that really need our help.
  • 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.


Information and Communications Officer


Ms. Anastasha Abraham

Assistant Programme Officer


Ms. Hanna Aisya Norazman

  • To mobilize and coordinate AWAM’s Services Programme – intern counsellors and legal pupil orientation, advocacy and outreach programme with the B40 group
  • To train and assist training programmes on Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Sexual Harassment, and Domestic Violence
  • To provide interviews on issues of concern to AWAM to media and other groups and to appear in the media 
  • To analyse and coordinate AWAM Telenita Helpline and Tabung Telenita AWAM
  • To coordinate requests for AWAMs participation in exhibitions and public booths.
  • 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.

Finance and Admin Officer


Camelia Sulaiman

Our Partners

AWAM’s work is ultimately about movement building. For this purpose, strategic partnerships with like-minded human-rights organizations is crucial. At the moment, AWAM is either an affiliate or a member organization of seven other civil-society organizations (CSOs) such as:

    • Joint-Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG)
    • Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Alliance of Malaysia (RRAAM)
    • Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM)
    • Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP)
    • Coalition of Malaysian NGOs (COMANGO)
    • BERSIH 2.0


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