WELCOME TO ROHINGYA WOMEN DEVELOPMENT NETWORK- RWDN
EMPOWERING ROHINGYA WOMEN
Founded in 2016, by SHARIFAH Shakirah, Rohyngia Women Development Network (RWDN)
is the first and only Rohingya women’s group in Malaysia.
Strong Rohingya community where men and women collaborate to empower future Rohingyagenerations.
aims to teach women to harness their abilities, develop new skills and provide them
with opportunities to lead.
A Rohingya women-led community organization working to strengthen and develop Rohingya community through education, skills training and advocacy.
Priority Focus Areas:
The following are the priority focus areas for RWDN for the next 5 years:
a. Education: Strong patriarchal systems and practices in the Rohingya community has resulted in females being deprived of education which in turn gives rise to illiteracy and disempowerment.
c. Leadership Development
HOW WE HELP
To help the Rohingya women empower themselves and earn an income to support their families it is imperative they are able to create and sell products in a sustainable manner.
Contributing financially to the family unit often means a greater degree of freedom in their day-to-day life, more access to educational opportunities at our centres and more hope of reducing child marriages as teenage girls can be seen more as an asset than a burden.
RWDN delivers different streams of education around human rights such as child marriage, domestic violence and building confidence as women.
Training also includes sewing and craft skills to create products for sale, English language and other classes such as self-defense.
The outreach program involves door to door awareness campaigns to engage with the whole family, explain the aim of our work, encourage enrollment in our programmes, and at times family intervention to reduce domestic violence and stop child marriage.
The refugee community of Rohingya families in Malaysia live in makeshift housing and with no access to legal employment. A budget of $20 is sufficient to purchase food supplies for a small family for a month. Donations also go towards our emergency fund to help those in the most dire situations contributing towards medical bills and disability support.
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"