The Women’s Centre for Change Penang (formerly Women’s Crisis Centre) is a non-profit, tax exempt organisation set up in 1985 with the initial purpose of providing refuge for women facing domestic violence. WCC has since widened its scope and is now uses a holistic approach in addressing violence against women and children through education, lobbying, advocacy, research, community outreach and training.
Women and children from all walks of life, race, religion and income have entered its doors and have left with messages of hope, empowerment and change.
WCC envisions a society free from gender violence and discrimination and where women can actualise their full potential.
WCC is committed to:
1. Eliminating violence against women and children.
2. Empowering women and children.
3. Promoting gender equality and social justice.
1. Free counselling on a confidential basis.
2. Provide temporary shelter for abused women and children.
3. Assist in seeking medical, welfare and police intervention.
4. Free legal advice on family matters .
5. Conduct programs for single mothers and low income group women to improve self-esteem and self reliance.
1. Conduct talks in schools, institutions and community organisations on sexual abuse, violence against women and women’s rights.
2. Organise public seminars and workshops on issues related violence against women and children.
3. Participate in exhibitions and information booths to bring awareness issues violence against women and children.
Lobbying and Advocacy
1. Campaign for changes in the laws affecting women and children including sexual harassment, rape, domestic violence and gender inequality.
2. Work with non-governmental organisations and governmental agencies to promote legal reform concerning women and children.
Training and Education
1. Train service providers including police, hospital personnel and teachers to work with abused women and children and to deepen their knowledge on issues of violence against women and children.
2. Disseminate information on women’s and children’s rights through the publication of pamphlets, books and the WCC official website.
3. Produce training materials and teaching aids for service providers.
1. Research on issues including divorce, child custody and maintenance, rape and the rights of Muslim women.
General Committee 2011/2012
|Vice-President|| Hajar Abdul Rahim
Lim Kah Cheng
|Honorary Secretary||Karen Lai Yu Lee|
|Assistant Secretary||Christine Khor Meow Wei|
|Treasurer||Poh Lerk Shih|
|Committee Members||Lalitha Menon
Shakila Abdul Manan
Lim Chooi Leng
For detailed information on the work done by WCC or on issues central to WCC, please visit www.wccpenang.org.