Our Networks

At AWAM, we strongly believe in working with other organisations to further the causes of gender equality as well as freedom from violence and discrimination for all.

Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)

  • Founded in 1986, APWLD is a network of 252 feminist organisations and individual activists from 27 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. APWLD empowers women in the region to use law as an instrument of change for equality, development justice and peace – via capacity and network-building, as well as advocacy. APWLD holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
  • AWAM joined APWLD in 2020.

BERSIH 2.0 – The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections

  • BERSIH 2.0 is a coalition that is supported by 88 Malaysian non-governmental organisations (NGOs), with the objective of campaigning for free and fair elections in Malaysia.

Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (COMANGO)

  • COMANGO was formed in 2008 and comprises over 50 civil society organisations (CSOs) to engage in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations. 
  • AWAM and other member organisations collectively participate in the UPR process by submitting alternative reports and accounts of the human rights situation in Malaysia and the actions taken to improve it. 

CSO Platform for Reform

  • The CSO Platform for Reform is a coalition of over 90 CSOs focusing on institutional reforms for a better Malaysia for all.

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM)

  • Founded in 2011, GBM is a coalition of over 20 NGOs that are committed to addressing critical issues and challenges facing Malaysia in the twenty-first century.

Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG)

  • JAG is a coalition of 14 civil society organisations (CSOs) that works towards gender equality. 
  • When JAG was first formed in 1985, the group referred to themselves as the Joint Action group Against VAW (Violence Against Women). As more and more gender-related issues were explored and studies conducted, the group evolved to adopt a more holistic approach to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
  • AWAM was a part of advocacy efforts that led to milestones such as the passing of the 1994 Domestic Violence Act and the inclusion of “gender” under Article 8(2) of the Federal Constitution in 2001.
  • Today, JAG engages regularly with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development in order to provide better access to rights and address the social factors affecting the said access.
  • AWAM is one of 14 members in JAG.

Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia (RRAAM)

  • RRAAM was formed in 2007 by 12 organisations (one of which was AWAM) and individuals, in an effort to increase and improve access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
  • Through RRAAM, AWAM hopes to create more awareness on the issue of SRHR.

Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP)

  • WLP is a partnership of 20 autonomous women’s rights organisations in the Global South that promote women’s leadership, civic engagement and human rights. WLP is in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
  • AWAM is the Malaysian partner and we work together to conduct public education work in Malaysia in order to boost women’s engagement – especially on issues related to gender empowerment, political participation and gender-based violence.