Our Team



Research & Resource Development Officer (The Net, Tech & Rights Programme)

declan is the Research and Resource Development Officer for EMPOWER Malaysia. declan is fascinated about the whole idea of spaces and places, and passionate about creating spaces and empower others. Through their work in EMPOWER and other collective declan developed interests in the intersection between internet, gender, and sexuality, and chose to think that the internet is a space allows us to explore, connect, and mobilise. In the unlikely event that declan does not have work, you’ll find them bingeing the latest Netflix show in bed. declan can be contacted on email at research[dash]ntr[at]empowermalaysia[dot]org.


Fatimah Athirah

Advocacy and Capacity Building Officer (Human Rights and State Accountability Programme)


Athirah can be contacted at advocacy[dash]SA[at]empowermalaysia[dot]org


Amanda Ng
Advocacy and Capacity Building Officer (Women’s Political Participation Programme)


Amanda can be contacted on email at advocacy[dash]WPP[at]empowermalaysia[dot]org




Rizal Rozhan
Programme Consultant

Rizal is currently EMPOWER’s Programme Consultant, overseeing EMPOWER’s three main programme. Rizal believes that good governance and death of patriarchy in Malaysia are the keys to ensuring women’s political participation. In his free time, he may be found in jungles, nearby waterfalls, on top of a random hill; or at least he wishes to be. Rizal can be contacted on email at programme[at]empowermalaysia[dot]org


Saraswahthy Ramasundran
Admin Officer


Saras can be contacted on email at info[at]empowermalaysia[dot]org



Sevani Sundaram
Finance Officer


Sevani can be reached at finance[at]empowermalaysia[dot]org.


Our Executive Committee Members


President: Janarthani Arumugam

As a Campaign Coordinator, Jana developed and managed the ‘Save Our Rice” Campaign. Using her research skills she developed a concept paper as well as the communications strategy which included raising the profile of the campaign via social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook).


During her career as a Research Assistant in the Gender Studies Department of the University Malaya, she developed and compiled literature review for research projects, conducted library and archival research as well as planned and conducted fieldwork in 4 states. She also developed and implemented research instruments, and presented research methods at a conference in York University, Canada (2014).


She has conducted feminist participatory research in the South of the Philippines and North Indonesia. During her stay, she networked with local labour unions and community organizers to study women workers. She also developed capacity building workshops to facilitate women worker’s empowerment. Jana wrote and published a paper on the topic.


Vice-President: Wong Kar Fai


Treasurer: Normawati Ghazali

Atie is a great community organiser and managed the grassroots women’s leadership development programme in the constituency of a Member of Parliament, with particular emphasis on women’s political participation. In her programme, she emphasises on building self-confidence and self-development to increase women’s participation in decision-making to ensure quality women leaders are selected to meet the community needs.


She was also involved in setting up Pusat Wanita Berdaya (Community Level Women’s Empowerment Initiative) and mentored women leaders through leadership programmes, economic empowerment activities and community development skills.


Secretary: Leong Mei Yun

Ordinary Member: Gayathry Vekiteswaran


Ordinary Member: Pook Li Yoon

Li Yoon is a key contributor to the development of Women’s Political Participation programme at EMPOWER. The program was developed in 2009 involving cross party training for women politicians from the grassroots to key leadership positions. Approximately 700 women were trained on strategic campaign planning, women human rights, community development and organizing nation-wide.


Among the outputs of the programme was a video, Tanpa Wajah (Unseen Faces) which received the award “Best Malaysian Film” at the Freedom Film Fest 2013. In addition to this, a comprehensive online map of elected women representatives at the state assembly and parliamentary levels was established in 2013 (currently being updated). It was referred to at a multistakeholders’ discussion in June 2013 where UNDP officers and academics extrapolated gender disaggregated data from the “Equality Under Construction: Monitoring Women’s Political Participation” website to understand women’s political participation in the Malaysia context.


Li Yoon also oversaw the Gender Equality programme which produced a book, “Equality Under Construction: Women’s Human Rights Report 2010/2011” which was used as a reference for the Malaysian CEDAW Shadow Report 2013.


As part of the Good Governance programme she coordinated research and writing of a paper on Local Council Elections and the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2008. Other activities included institutionalising reforms at the local government level and conducting good governance training for various state agencies in Selangor. She also oversaw the Public Education programme organized by Empower which included trainings on gender, democracy and leadership with students and the community.


Ordinary Member: Chuah Siew Eng