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Interested in getting involved in the community and advancing women’s rights in Malaysia?

Join us as our volunteer.

What Our Volunteers Say

I’ve volunteered to help operate WAO’s public education booths, participate in walks and marches, assist with campaign launches, and lend a hand with logistical errands. These experiences have shown me the severity of violence against women in our society, and the challenges in amending inequality. I’ve also met so many brilliant people who are as inspiring as they are committed.

– Raif Rashide, WAO Volunteer

Volunteering with WAO has really broadened my perspectives on women’s issues. Working alongside with the Advocacy and Services team equipped me with vast knowledge on domestic violence and gender equality. This experience has prepared me better to study law as I, now, have a greater insight on women’s rights.

– Simarpreet Kaur, WAO Volunteer

Volunteering at WAO has truly been an eye opening experience. It gave me the opportunity to spread awareness to the public as to the violence against many women and children in our country, as well as become and more compassionate towards others. The staff and other volunteers at WAO are all also fantastic to work with, and it’s always inspiring to know that you are surrounded by equally passionate and hard working people! I hope the country will become better educated and better informed as to women’s rights, children’s rights, and ending discrimination of all forms.

– Jasmine Kuan, volunteer

Short-term Volunteering

Advocacy Volunteer

Support our advocacy to improve public policies and shift public mindsets by writing,  conducting research, running public education booths, assisting with events, etc.

Operations Volunteer

Help us to keep WAO running smoothly and seamlessly by assisting the human resources, finance, and administration departments.

Watching Brief Lawyer

Monitor court proceedings to protect the rights and interests of survivors of violence. Volunteers need to be lawyers with locus in court.

Medium-term Volunteering

(at least three months)

Survivor Support Programme

Plan and run activities for women at our shelter, based on your interests and skills (writing, dance, art, etc.). The programme should run for at least 3 months.

Child Care Centre Programme

Plan and run activities for children at our Child Care Centre,  based on your interests and skills (writing, dance, art, etc.). The programme should run for at least 3 months.

Long-term Volunteering

(at least one year; annual recruitment)

WAO Advocate

Raise awareness about gender equality and be a visible advocate for WAO. Depending on your interests, you may run public education workshops and booths, write letters-to-the-editor, create awareness material, execute social media campaigns, etc. Successful applicants will likely volunteer a few hours every week.

Crisis Support Officer

Provide life-changing information to domestic violence survivors by answering the WAO Hotline and WAO WhatsApp line.  Successful applicants will volunteer for at least six hours per month.

Personal Development Course Facilitator

Facilitate personal development courses for shelter residents to help them work towards their personal goals. Facilitators have to be committed, patient, mentally prepared, and able to build strong relationships with residents. The duration of the course depends on residents’ progress and grasp of the course content.

Volunteer Process


Fill out the volunteer form.


We will be in touch and you can then register for a volunteer orientation session.


You will be added to a Google email group, where we will send updates about volunteer opportunities. If you have ideas for projects, you can also discuss them with us.

Our volunteer registration is open from January – August annually.
Our next volunteer induction is 3rd week of May, June, July, August and September.

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