Women’s full and meaningful participation and representation are fundamental elements of a vibrant, effective and efficient democracy and is essential to the achievement of sustainable development. Democracy cannot truly deliver for all of its citizens if half of the population remains underrepresented in the political arena. Although comprising almost half of the country’s population, women continue to be under-represented as voters, political leaders , elected officials and decsion makers. As a direct impact from gender inequality and the barriers women face in politics and leadership, we are losing the opportunity of having good women leaders and as a result, our policies, people and country are impacted. This is why it is so important to actively promote women’s political participation, including through institutional reform and affirmative measures, as appropriate
The Women in Local Governance Leadership Training is an annual training to train potential women leaders for local government and covers substantive and practical skills. As of 2016, we have trained a total of 87 participants in which 6 have been elected as Local Councillors (Ahli Majlis) for MBPP and MPSP. The leadership training also includes an interactive networking session with current state & local government leaders
Briged Wanita Pulau Pinang (BWPP) by the Penang State Government, is a voluntary body tasked with mobilising and reaching out to women from all walks of life and locations across Penang to connect them with state programmes and aid. PWDC recently launched the TAMPIL 2.0 Programm, a grassroots women’s empowerment program which aims to raise awareness on gender equality, stregthen grassroots women’s capacities and leadership
Grassroots women, the “Everyday Life Experts”, are some of the best people to contribute to creating reselient, healthy and nurturing communities. Investing in grassroots women is key to fostering sustainable development. PWDC, through our Grassroots Women’s Leadership Programme aims to provide the opportunity for women to engage, contribute and empower themselves and their communities while stregthening women’s leadership in the state
To ensure that women are given equal opportunities in political representation, it is critical that we review the impact of the current electoral system on women’s political representation – from candidacy to election results. PWDC and the Penang State Government, in collaboration with Penang Institute and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES International), will be organising a National Conference on Gender and Electoral Reform on 26 & 27 August 2016
Through the Women's Leadership in Local Governance Training, trained 87 people with 6 alumni appointed as Local Councillors (Ahli Majlis PBT). WEL plays a significant role in enabling & streghtening the women's leadership pipeline into local government.
Full Credit to Artist Sophie Labelle
Developed "Ini Hal Lelaki" module to engage men in coversations about toxic masculinity - its manifestations, impact & its role in the construction of relationships with others within the private and public sphere.
Realising Equality Together
30% minimum quota for women's participation as a judging criteria in the District Level JKKK Awards towards increasing & strengthening grassroots women's capacities and leadership.
Gender awareness & sensitization session included in "Kursus Pemantapan dan Pengukuhan JKKK" attended by about 600 JKKK members from all five districts in Penang.
30% minimum quota for women's participation and leadership in the Rural Development Policy of Penang (Dasar Pembangunan Desa Pulau Pinang) to be launched in 2016.
State govt. to allocate RM30,000 per Assemblyperson (ADUN) for women's activities and empowerment in their area towards empowering grassroots women.
WEL activities contributed a total of 10 activites out of 13 organized for the first ever, month long; state wide International Women’s Day 2016 celebrations.