2 What is WAO? Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is a women’s organisation which is Non- Profit Non- Religious Independent
3 Vision To create a society that upholds the principles of gender equality For women of every race, creed, religion and status to take ownership of their rights in all spheres of life.
4 Mission To promote and create the respect, protection and fulfilment of equal rights for women and to work towards the elimination of discrimination against women, in particular the elimination of violence against women.
5 Philosophy No one deserves to be battered We believe that every human being has the right to self-determination, and should be able to control the conditions that shape his/her life.
6 Objectives To provide on request to women and their children suffering from mental, physical and sexual abuse, temporary refuge services that empower and enable them to determine their own future. To offer emotional and social support to any woman who requests for it, resident or otherwise, and offer support and after-care. To undertake and encourage research into any of the factors that contribute to the inequality and subordination of women.
7 To undertake and advocate with government and non- government organisations the eradication of factors that contribute to the inequality and subordination of women through law, policy and institutional reforms. To create an awareness and better understanding among individuals, public and relevant agencies on the issues of violence against women and the underlying inequalities.
8 Milestones 1979 The late Tun Tan Siew Sin donated his Tun Razak Award of RM30,000 the first shelter for battered women and their children was started 1982 Puan Sri E.N. Chong headed the Protem Committee with help of volunteers Single-story house Refuge and office premises Telephone counselling Face to face counselling
9 Milestones 1990 Established Child Care Centre Shelter + food + education for children of ex-residents for a period of 2 years 2004 Established WAO Centre (3 rd Centre) Administrative Centre Advocacy and Public Education Centre
10 WAO Services The Refuge We provide shelter services to over 100 women + 80 of their children Reasons for seeking shelter with WAO in 2007 Reasons for seeking shelterPercentage (%) Domestic Violence66 Single Mother Pregnancy13 Migrant Domestic Workers9 Rape victims3 Problems with seeking a place to stay8 Trafficked Victims1
11 Message to women Shelter : You are safe Counselling : You are not to be blamed Empowerment : You have choices and rights
13 Women in Crisis Seek Help from WAO WAO Social Workers Support & Empower Women WAO Programme Officers Document Cases Identify Laws & Policies that need Reform Lobby Government to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women
14 WAO Services Telephone Counselling Face to face Counselling
15 WAO’s social worker in a telephone counselling session
16 WAO figures since year 2000 YearShelter/RefugeFace to Face CounsellingTelephone Counselling 200010544981 2001115951063 2002122871478 2003133911492 2004132751500 20051161151215 2006951051475 2007100751200 Total91858710404
17 WAO Support Services Child Care Centre (CCC) Opened in 1990 First of its kind in Malaysia home to children of ex- residents Survivors of Domestic Violence Staff: Team of five women Capacity: Maximum 15 children, Age: 3-12 years Mothers are encouraged to visit, stay during weekends and to call everyday
18 Child Care Centre The children are provided with Accommodation (Shelter, food & tuition) Educational needs: School fees Transportation Stationary Pocket money Individual attention Academic, physical and psychological progress monitored
19 Child Care Centre In 2007, a total of 19 children resided at the CCC DescriptionPercentage (%) SexFemale Male 89 11 Ages3-6 years 6-11 years 42 58 Length of Stay3 weeks 6 months – 1 year 2 years Over 2 years 26 32 21
20 WAO Centre Administrative and Advocacy Centre Press conferences Meetings with other Non-Governmental Organisations Briefings for students, academics, donors, media Public education activities Staff: Team of eight women & one part-time librarian Used for face to face counselling for non-residents