Dear friends of WAO
How time flies! We are only three months away from a brand new year. Once again, GlobalGiving is giving us an opportunity to fundraise on their final Bonus Day of 2011! On 19 October between 12:01am and 11:59pm EDT (GMT-4), GlobalGiving will match 30% all online donations up to $1,000 (RM3125) per donor per project! In addition to that, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors! Only online donations (credit card or paypal) are eligible for matching. What a fantastic way to fundraise! So, mark your calendar and donate to WAO at http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/pr/8400/proj8346a.html to support our work!
As we gear towards 2012, we are also hoping to see changes and improvements in the welfare department, the police and even the courts.
This is why. Recently, a differently abled mother was separated from her 6 month old baby. The estranged husband had taken away the child and his lawyer has managed to delay court proceedings. Now, she is only allowed to see her baby for 4 hours per week in meeting places chosen by her husband which makes it impossible for the mother to breastfeed and bond with her baby.
How did that happen? A family court is supposed to provide a humanitarian approach to issues that come under their jurisdiction especially matters involving children. Therefore, WAO aims to lobby for a better family court system whereby the process should be less adversarial because the system should be looking at what’s best for the child, not who’s winning.
A big part of WAO’s work is on advocacy. We are here to ensure that the rights of women are protected. We seek to change the inequity in the law, policy and social structure that affect a woman’s life.
Check out the latest news on WAO
Empowering abused women
Seeing violence against women in a wider perspective
Upholding women’s rights
Remember, you can make a difference too!