Founded in 2016, by SHARIFAH Shakirah, Rohingya Women Development Network (RWDN) is the first and only Rohingya women’s group in Malaysia.
Described as the most persecuted minorities in the world, the Rohingya are a group of stateless Muslim people with their own language. As of end of June 2019, UNHCR reports that Rohingya's make up 95,110 out of the 175, 760 refugees and asylum seekers registered in Malaysia.
RWDN is a safe space for the women and children to gather and develop themselves through literacy and income- generating activities. Since RWDN was founded in 2016, we have seen tremendous improvement in their communication, social, parental and leadership skills. Through the sale of the the products developed through the income-generating projects, each women earn an income of RM350- 600 each month and are able to contribute to their household income, as well as support some of their family members who are seeking refuge in refugee camps in Cox Bazaar District, Bangladesh.
RWDN hopes to continue empower Rohingya women to eradicate issues such as child marriage, gender-based violence, lack of access to education and gender inequality.
On behalf of the RWDN women and volunteers, we thank you for taking the time to understand us and donate to our cause. We hope you will continue to follow our progress and stand in solidarity with the Rohingyas.