Mainstreaming & Raising Awareness of Gender

Art is a very important and critical agent of change, Art has an undisputed place in contemporary social activism as it has a vibrant history of promoting important messages of social change and acted as a medium to raise public awareness on issues. PWDC is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to mainstream gender awareness in the consciousness of society and have recently engaged actively in the arts to spread the message of gender equality, inclusivity and social justice. 

VOICES, a PWDC original project, is an exploration of the creative writing as a tool for empowerment.The project provides women writers the opportunity for self-discover y and self-expression through personal narratives as well as an opportunity for development as writers. For the second year in a row, VOICES partnered with George Town Literary Festival 2016, to bring women’s stories and writers to the international platform.

PWDC in collaboration with MBPP and Han Chiang College organized the “Graffiti Wall @ Youth Park”. PWDC facilitated a session for the college students to explore gender issues. The students then came up with a series of art pieces with the theme “Gender Equality & Women’s Rights” which is on display at the MBPP graffiti walls at the Youth Park.

Local & State Government

PWDC works closely with the State Government and Local Government to mainstream gender. As valued added partners, PWDC often functions as a consultant for integration of gender perspectives as well as women’s rights and good governance. 

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Young People

Young people are not only important stakeholders of the future but also Leaders of Today. PWDC is working towards developing young people who are inclusive and gender-sensitive who are actively participating in current issues to challenge the current status-quo and contribute to advancing gender equality, development and human rights

Men

PWDC has developed special modules specifically for Men to discuss and deconstruct toxic masculinity in an effort to highlight the damaging affects of traditional stereotypes towards women and men. The module also explores the relationships men have with women in their personal space, in the work space and public spaces. This effort is a big step towards meaningfully including Men in the quest to achieve Gender Equality.

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YouthSpeak 2016, in collaboration with AIESEC in Penang which addressed two Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Education & Gender Equality.
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“Gender Savvy” Workshop for young women was conducted in conjuction with IWD 2016 in the Tamil Language
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“Ini Hal Lelaki” Workshop in collaboration with local government (MBPP) for their male staff in conjunction with IWD 2016
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“Ini Hal Lelaki” Workshop in collaboration with local government (MBPP) for their male staff in conjunction with IWD 2016