EMPOWER’s Story

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is a non-governmental organisation that promotes and supports actions that advance justice and democracy, based on feminist and human rights principles. We work with women and youths to realise their potential in the areas of political participation and civil liberties.

EMPOWER began as a group of activists working with women and youth who were affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Northern Peninsular Malaysia. As a group they observed that the women’s economic losses were neither recognised nor compensated. It was soon obvious that challenges faced by marginalised women were linked to broader issues of equality and non-discrimination.

Many in the group were activists of many years’ standing, and they saw a need to challenge and address the situation. This set the stage for the formation of Pusat Janadaya Berhad in 2005 to advance women’s equality and non-discrimination.

In 2008, the Registrar of Societies approved the organisation’s application to form a non-profit association. Pusat Janadaya was renamed Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER).

Our current focus is on developing women leaders with a commitment to the principles of equality and non-discrimination, particularly among young women, indigenous women, and women in low-income communities. We also monitor women’s political participation and advocate women’s rights issues in the media, Parliament, and with the public. Under its civil liberties programme, EMPOWER engages with internet rights and the Universal Periodic Review process.

Our Vision

A society where there is equality and a thriving democracy that respects diversity.

Our Mission

Empowering Communities for Change

To promote and support actions that advance justice and democracy, based on feminist and human rights principles, to enable women and youth to realise their own potential.