In June 2016, WLP Malaysia partner All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) trained officers from the Sri Haramas Police Station in Kuala Lumpur on gender sensitivity and responses to gender-based violence.
The trainings built on several other workshops that AWAM has held with the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) since August 2015. In total, 42 police offers—37 men and five women—attended either a morning or afternoon session in which they were led through exercises from WLP’s manual, Victories Over Violence. The goal of the workshops was to ensure that survivors of gender-based violence in Malaysia are able to receive legal justice and support from police personnel.
After the training, around two-thirds of participating officers felt the workshop improved their ability to provide gender-sensitive services. Many expressed that the workshop helped them to be more proactive in carrying out their responsibilities and hoped this program could be continued in the future.
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Around the world, the spread of COVID-19 is changing how civil society organizations (CSOs) are able to conduct their work and the global women’s movement in particular is facing extraordinary challenges. Organizations that amplify women’s voices and choices on issues ranging from personal status laws to reproductive health are now confronting unparalleled hurdles but are also finding innovative approaches to continue their work. Women’s Learning Partnership’s has mobilized to ensure that the needs of women are not overlooked in emergency responses to the pandemic. Our partners are adapting their programs and campaigns to address the evolving challenges by moving their events online, using messaging apps and social media to disseminate information, sensitizing journalists about the pandemic’s particular threats to women in the home and outside, raising funds for populations most at-risk, and even broadcasting messages by megaphone in communities where there is limited technology infrastructure and access to the web.