WAO Marks 30 Years of Empowering Women

Posted on 24 September 2012

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WAO marks 30 years of empowering women
Writer: Lee Choon Fai 
Published: Fri, 14 Sep 2012

PETALING JAYA: To commemorate 30 years of assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) will hold Pesta WAO to celebrate its achievements.

Scheduled to be held on Sept 30, Pesta WAO will include food, drinks, a flea market and an inflatable castle for children.

Ivy (left), Mok (fourth from left) and vice-president Vivienne Lee (third from right) with other WAO members.

“Rest assured, there’s something for everyone on that special day,” said WAO executive director Ivy Josiah during a press conference on Wednesday.

The public is welcome to take part in the fiesta and Ivy urged people to bring their families along as the event will also help raise awareness of the organisation’s causes.

WAO was founded in 1982 by a small group of concerned citizens, including former finance minister Tun Tan Siew Sin, to champion women’s rights, to lobby for the recognition of domestic violence and to counsel, shelter, and provide assistance to victims of domestic violence.

“It was a pivotal decision in 1982 when a courageous group of women and men decided to break the silence on domestic violence,” said WAO president Mok Chuang Lian

About 40,000 women have since walked through the doors of WAO and sought assistance.

Besides announcing the fiesta, WAO also laucnehd its official Twitter account - @womensaidorg.

WAO showed a preview of a documentary by the National Geographic Channel, which features the NGO. The Wheel2Wheel documentary is about adventurer Morgan Parker, who travelled 25,000km from Hong Kong to Australia through 10 countries to showcase 10 charity organisations and the work they are doing.

WAO is featured on episode 6 of the 10-part documentary.  The episode will be aired on Malaysia Day on Channel 148 on Unifi’s HyppTV at 8.05pm.


 Selangor Times


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