Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO)

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is Malaysia’s foremost feminist advocate and provider of crisis support services for women and girls. We work for substance, structural and cultural change to achieve gender equality and eliminate violence and discrimination against women and girls in Malaysia. Our work is synergised, rights-based, and aims for sustainability.

We deliver standard-setting shelter and support services for women and girls survivors of gender-based violence and discrimination. We strengthen the state’s response to survivors through legislative and policy reforms, and by monitoring the implementation of the legal framework. We build communities’ capacity to identify and respond to gender-based violence and discrimination, and reform mindsets through tailored training, awareness programs, and extensive media engagement.

AVPN KKR COVID Relief Fund Grantee 2021

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Endorsers that Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) partner with


YTL Foundation

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

YTL Foundation

YTL Foundation was founded in 1997 on the belief that education is the basis on which every society progresses. Education moulds minds, inspire achievements and ultimately builds societies and nations.

By providing communities in Malaysia with educational and leadership opportunities, YTL Foundation aims to empower individuals and communities to reach their full potential and to be catalysts of change to enrich and benefit society.
In its early years, YTL Foundation provided financial aid and assistance to deserving individuals who would otherwise be denied opportunities to pursue higher education. Over the years, YTL Foundation has expanded its role to include, among other things:

• Funding: Grants provided to charitable organisations, typically in multi-year gifts
• Initiate and incubate: Investing resources for new and existing programs to thrive
• Networks: Leveraging our partnerships and reach to generate greater impact
• Assets and products: Use of our virtual and physical spaces

Through these programmes, providing thought leadership and by championing the use of technology, backed by the YTL Group’s 60-year heritage of nation-building, YTL Foundation hopes to continue building better societies, through better education. Some of YTL Foundation’s key activities are shared in what follows, with illustrations of some of our major initiatives in these areas.

On-going/Past projects

Women’s Aid Organisation: Foremost Women’s Advocacy in Malaysia

By Women's Aid Organisation (WAO)

Women’s Aid Organisation is Malaysia’s foremost provider of crisis services, advocacy and capacity building for women and girls, with the goal of achieving gender equality and ending gender-based violence on women and girls.

Employability, Financial Inclusion, Gender, Health, Livelihood and Poverty Alleviation