Sabah Women's Action-Resource Group
For 36 years, SAWO has been striving for women's rights and gender equality. Our mission is to promote equal rights for all, especially women and children in our society.
If you need support, please contact us on our Helpline 088 280 200.
Violence Against Women Symposium SAWO #30
In conjunction with our 30th anniversary, we organised a symposium on violence against women on 25th August 2017. About 150 participants from among our partners, members and friends attend the symposium which aimed to advocate for enforcement and more services for VAW survivors in the rural areas of Sabah. To that end, the participants signed a declaration called Deklarasi #SAWO30 and it was handed to the representative of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community.
On 11th February 2017, we celebrated Oren Nabawan to mark the end 4 years of our rural outreach programme, jointly organised by SAWO, Women and Youth Fellowship of the BCCM (BM) and PACOS Trust. The event was funded by the Canadian High Commissioner whose representative, Ms Monica Clear was also present. Nabawan was chosen as the location to celebrate the finale as it is the gateway to the interiors of Sabah. About 600 students, community leaders and villagers from the interiors participated in the event.
Training of Volunteers
Aspiring volunteers go through a tailor made training which explores fundamental topics such as Gender Equality, Feminism and Advocacy. This training is essential to ensure future volunteers are in tune with the organization and are able to work effectively.
Training of Support Groups
This training of support groups is part of a rural outreach project that aims to train and educate local communities and community leaders in the rural areas about violence against women. The training is necessary to equip the local support group with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively support and assist women and children affected by violence against women.
Local support groups are from the project area in the northern and interior part of Sabah.
Training of Trainers for Men
The training of trainers is part of the rural outreach project that aims to train and educate local communities and community leaders in the rural areas about violence against women. As men’s participation is essential in ending violence against women, these groups of men need to be good examples to men in their communities. A more focused training has been devised to ensure that they are more informed and conscious about gender equality and the roles they play.
Capacity Building Training
We recently completed a six week capacity building program for staff and volunteers. It was a creative opportunity to explore issues relating to gender, gender equality, feminism and advocacy. The program has now been developed into an interactive and engaging volunteer training program for all new volunteers.