Books

  • Surviving Court : A Guide to Understanding the Criminal Court Process

    • Publisher: Women's Centre for Change (WCC) Penang, Malaysia
    • RM 15 (including postage)
    • Price (Overseas): USD10 (including postage) (Please add USD6 for every overseas cheque)
    • , 2013, 36 pages




    Surviving Court : A Guide to Understanding the Criminal Court Process is a guidebook that helps victims better understand the court process when they go to court to seek justice. Many victims are fearful when they have to attend court and give evidence. This user-friendly guidebook with cartoons will help victims be better prepared for the court trial.

  • Respect Respek Manual

    • Publisher: Women's Centre for Change (WCC) Penang, Malaysia
    • RM25 (including postage)
    • Price (Overseas): USD20.00 (including postage) (Please add USD6 for every overseas cheque)
    • ISBN: 978-983-44784-1-4, 2009, 121 pages




    Respect Respek Manual is a handbook to work with young people to help build negotiation skills, dispel misconceptions about the opposite sex and raise the levels of gender awareness. Thus, it is for anyone who express their concern in helping young people work towards having healthier relationships in their lives.

  • Mengurus Wang Anda

    • Publisher: Women's Centre for Change (WCC) Penang, Malaysia
    • RM15 (including postage)
    • Price (Overseas): USD10.00 (including postage) (Please add USD6 for every overseas cheque)
    • ISBN: 978-983-44784-2-1, 2009, 98 pages




    Mengurus Wang Anda is a simple and easy handbook specially designed for single mothers and women to help them to learn the importance of budgeting and learning to save. It also contains topics like steps on managing finances, how to start and how to plan saving with your children. The handbook ends with a monthly budget sheet for reader to record their daily expenses.

  • Seeking Justice for Victims of Sexual Crime

    • Publisher: Women's Centre for Change (WCC) Penang, Malaysia
    • RM25 (including postage)
    • Price (Overseas): USD20.00 (including postage) (Please add USD6 for every overseas cheque)
    • ISBN: 978-983-44784-0-7, 2009, 145 pages




    Seeking Justice for Victims of Sexual Crime is a three-year study conducted by Women’s Centre for Change (WCC), Penang. The book contains detailed data, statistics and information on sexual crimes and trials of sexual crime from the Penang courts and three national newspapers from 2000-2004. This project is a pioneering study in Malaysia on the treatment of cases of sexual crime in court.

    The key findings of the study revealed that 45 per cent of sexual crime cases did not go to trial as they were discharged not amounting to acquittal. The conviction rate stood at only four per cent. The book contains valuable data from the cases – profile of victims, the accused, trial process, verdicts and sentencing. The book also analyses the structural and attitudinal factors within our criminal justice system.

    Seeking Justice for Victims of Sexual Crime is a documentation on how our criminal justice system treats victims of sexual crime. It raises fundamental questions about gender and justice, and has recommendations for improvement.

  • Nina and Her Secret

    • Publisher: Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) Penang, Malaysia
    • RM 13 (including postage)
    • ISBN: 983-40052-7-6, 2007, 28 pages
    • Malay Title: Nina dan Rahsianya





    Nina and her Secret is a cartoon book for parents and educators working on the issue of personal safety in the context of preventing child sexual abuse. This booklet is suitable for children between the ages of 8 – 12 years. It is a story about a little girl who has a secret which makes her very unhappy. With the help of her friend, Nina finds the courage to tell her parents about the unhappy secret.

  • Muslim Women and Access to Justice

    • Publisher: Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) Penang, Malaysia
    • Editor: Maznah Mohamad
    • RM15 per copy (including postage)
    • Price (Overseas): USD10.00 per copy
    • ISBN: 983-40052-2-9, 2004, 110 pages




    This book is a collection of writings which emanated from a research project called MUSWAL (Muslim Women and Law). The general purpose of this research was to investigate the historical, legal, and socio-cultural aspects of Muslim women’s status in Malaysia. The research specifically examined the development of Syariah laws in the country, analysed the substantive aspects of the law in relation to women’s rights, looked at how actual legal cases brought about by women were handled in several Syariah Courts, and observed the process of Islamic counselling women had to undergo when they sought redress through the courts.

    Research shows that administrators of Islamic institutions and laws are still caught within a male-centric framework and other numerous problems. Several reforms, including changes that would be more amenable to women, can be undertaken within an exacting Islamic paradigm. Hence, this MUSWAL project is one of the many efforts by Muslim women in this country to contribute towards this process of enlightenment and progress.

  • Mengubah Arus Maklumbalas

    • Publisher: Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) Penang, Malaysia
    • RM15 (termasuk harga setem)
    • Price (Overseas): USD10 (including postage) (Please add USD6 for every overseas cheque)
    • ISBN: 983-40052-3-7, 2003, 168 pages




    Manual ini dibentuk terutamanya bagi agensi kesihatan kerana agensi ini seringkali menjadi agensi pertama yang dihubungi oleh wanita atau sesiapa yang diganasi. Ia juga boleh digunakan oleh sesiapa yang berminat atau terlibat dalam proses pertolongan seperti pekerja sosial dan sukarelawan. Tujuannya ialah untuk memudahkan proses latihan dalam agensi/organisasi ataupun latihan peribadi serta dijadikan sokongan semasa memberi perkhidmatan. Manual ini membolehkan agensi bekerja dengan mangsa agar kecekapan agensi di peringkat awal dapat memberi keyakinan semula kepada mangsa dan memberi peluang kepada mangsa untuk mencari penyelesaian. Manual terdapat juga bahagian untuk bekerja dengan penganiaya dan kanak-kanak dari keluarga yang menganiaya.

  • Teaching Children To Be Safe - A Teacher’s Manual on Child Sexual Abuse

    • Publisher: Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) Penang, Malaysia
    • RM15 including postage
    • Price (Overseas): USD10.00 (including postage) (please add USD6 for every overseas cheque)
    • ISBN: 983-40052-0-2, 2003, 84 pages
    • Malay Title: Mengajar Kanak-kanak Langkah-langkah Keselamatan


    This book is specially designed for those involved in educating children, especially teachers, child counsellors, and anyone who wishes to understand and teach children about personal safety with regard to child sexual abuse. WCC believes that teachers are in the best position to recognize and respond to an abused child.

    This easy-to-read and practical manual is filled with many illustrations. Part 1 gives an insight into the problem of child sexual abuse for teachers to understand, and to identify and disclose in the case of an abused child. Part 2 goes on to provide tips on basic personal safety which teachers can incorporate into lessons. The last section of the book introduces games and activities, away from the formal classroom setting, to teach safety skills to children.

    Also available as part of an educational package on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse: “Bijak itu Selamat”:/edu-packages/51.

  • Working with Rape Survivors

    • Publisher: Women’s Centre For Change (WCC) Penang, Malaysia
    • RM15 per copy (including postage)
    • Price (Overseas): USD10.00 (including postage) (Please add USD6 for every overseas cheque.)
    • ISBN: 983-40052-4-5, 2002, 119 pages
    • Malay Title: Bekerjasama dengan Survivor Rogol



    This is a handbook of basic principles and guidelines for working with women in crisis following rape. It should be useful for groups working directly with rape victims as well as those interested in setting up a new rape crisis service. It is also for professionals such as social workers, medical personnel, and police as they seek to develop their understanding and skills in this area. While its focus is on women who have been raped, it is also relevant to those who work with child and male victims of rape and victims of other types of sexual assault.

  • Becoming Whole: A Handbook for working with Abused Women

    • Publisher: Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) Penang and the National Council of Women's Organisations Penang Branch
    • RM15 (including postage)
    • Price (Overseas): USD10 (including postage) (please add USD6 for every overseas cheque)
    • ISBN: 983-99348-1-3 , 2000, 130 pages
    • Malay Title: Ke Arah Keunggulan


    This handbook contains basic principles and guidelines for working with abused women. It is a user-friendly guide to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals such as social workers, medical personnel, and the police, volunteers, and other interested parties, both in government and non-government agencies. It also contains useful information for readers to understand violence against women and for those interested in setting up a new crisis service. Moreover, the handbook contains sections on the Domestic Violence Act 1994, information on the One-Stop Crisis Centres for Battered Women (OSCC) in hospitals and a list of women’s groups in East and West Malaysia.

    This handbook is a revised and updated version of an earlier publication produced by WCC in 1990. The earlier handbook represented a collective effort of eighteen women’s organisations in seven Asian countries, pooling their different experiences and approaches in dealing with the various issues and procedures. This updated handbook builds on the earlier resources and adds the insights, knowledge, and skills gained over the last ten years by Malaysian women confronting violence.

  • Malaysian Women and the Law

    • Publisher: National Council of Women’s Organisations (NCWO), Penang Branch
    • Editor: Prema E Devaraj
    • RM15 (including postage)
    • ISBN: 983-40049-0-7, 1997, 1999, 89 pages



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    This booklet provides information on the legal rights of women in Malaysia, the main laws and procedures which discriminate against them and the difficulties faced by women in the Syariah Court system. It also includes proposed amendments to the existing discriminatory laws and procedures. In addition, the booklet has a summary of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, to which Malaysia is a signatory. Hence, the Malaysian government is legally bound to put the provisions of this convention into practice.

    Also available in the Chinese, Malay, and Tamil languages.

  • Shame, Secrecy And Silence, Study Of Rape In Penang

    • Publisher: Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) Penang, Malaysia
    • Editor: Rohana Ariffin
    • RM15 (including postage)
    • Price (Overseas): USD10 (including postage) (please add USD6 for every overseas cheque)
    • ISBN: 983-99348-0-5, 1997, 278 pages



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    This publication is the product of a two-and-a-half year research aimed at analysing and understanding the crime of rape in Malaysia. Some of the questions examined in this research include:

    • What factors contribute to the incidence of rape?
    • What is the profile of rape offenders?
    • How effective are the Amended Rape Laws of 1989 in terms of its scope, conditions, and implementation?
    • What is the role of the various government and non-governmental agencies in providing support, treatment, and justice to rape victims?