PWDC envisions a Penang which upholds in practice the principles of substantive equality among women and men, good governance and social justice


  1. To support the capacities of state and local governments to integrate gender perspectives into policies, programmes and practices.
  2. To strengthen women’s leadership and political participation.
  3. To enhance women’s participation in economic life.


PWDC seeks to mainstream gender into key policies, programmes and practices of the public sector, and to transform the necessary structures and culture through advocacy, capacity development and strategic partnerships with different sectors of society.

  • International Women’s Day (IWD) 2017

    International Women’s Day (IWD) 2017 has been aligned with the international theme – Be Bold for Change, calling upon the nation to be the Game Changer in expediting the process of closing gender gaps.

  • Penang Goes Orange (PGO) 2016

    The theme for Penang Goes Orange (PGO) 2016 was “Stop Cyber Violence”, addressing the arising issue on cyber sexual based violence happening among the younger generations especially, in collaboration with Women’s Centre for Change (WCC). A social media contest with more than 100 entries and few talks were organised in local colleges.

  • International Women’s Day

    Penang is the only state in Malaysia to have a month long State Government celebration of International Women’s Day. The various different events for the month was organized in collaboration with various stakeholders including local governments , state assemblypersons and members of parliament as well as the private and civil sectors.

  • PWDC’s advocacy work

    PWDC’s advocacy work towards mainstreaming 30% minimum quota for women’s participation was realized through the implementation of the criteria in the District Level JKKK (Jawatankuasa Kemajuan Keselamatan dan Komuniti) Awards. These criteria require women’s participation in grassroots programs and JKKK leadership towards the empowerment of community women and strengthening of grassroots women’s capacities and leadership.

  • Penang Goes Orange 2015

    The Penang Goes Orange (PGO) Campaign is organized the second time and  officially becomes an annual State Government project addressing Violence Against Women (VAW). The campaign lasts for a whole month to raise awareness on VAW through multiple events, workshops and dialogues.

  • Kicked off “Duit Kita, Hak Kita” Project

    Kicked off “Duit Kita, Hak Kita” Project in Machang Bubuk using the GRPB model. The project is revolutionary as it gives the local constituents power to determine financial allocations of the local assemblyperson and member of parliament. This project is a pilot project and the first of it’s kind in Malaysia.

  • TEDxWeldQuayWomen 2015

    TEDxWeldQuayWomen was the first ever TEDx event which featured an all-women’s panel of speakers from Penang covering a range of topics from human rights and democracy, to innovations in business style, to staying ahead at the workplace and leadership.  

  • Debut of ‘TAMPIL: Program Pemberdayaan Wanita Setempat’

    TAMPIL is a grassroots women’s  empowerment program which aims to strengthen grassroots women’s capacities and leadership.

  • Penang Goes Orange (PGO)

    Official launch of “Penang Goes Orange (PGO): Hentikan Keganasan, Hormati Wanita” Campaign Against Women. PGO is the first ever State Government organized campaign addressing Violence Against Women (VAW) in Malaysia.

  • The Asian Regional Conference Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Narratives

    The Asian Regional Conference “Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Narratives: Transforming Institutions, Empowering Communities” was organized to create a platform for GRB practitioners and experts from within the Asian region and beyond to share their insights and expertise as well as to review the implementation of GRB and Participatory Budgeting (PB) in Penang and highlight the transformation of local government via GRPB.

  • Launching of Taska D’Komtar

    Official Launching of Taska D’Komtar by the Rt. Hon. Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng. Taska D’ Komtar is the first workplace child care facility set up by the state government for KOMTAR employees.

  • Launch of Briged Wanita Pulau Pinang (BWPP)

    Launch of Briged Wanita Pulau Pinang (BWPP) by Penang State Government, a voluntary body tasked with mobilising and reaching out to women from all walks of life and locations across Penang.

  • Official launch of Penang State Childcare Policy and Action Plan

    Official launch of Penang State Childcare Policy and Action Plan (2013 – 2015) by YAB Lim Guan Eng at the Penang State Government’s International Women’s Day 2013 Celebration.

  • Memorendum of Understanding (MoU) between PWDC and Local Governments (MBPP and MPSP)

    Memorendum of Understanding (MoU) between PWDC and Local Governments (MBPP and MPSP) signed to implement 3 year GRPB Pilot Project with a financial commitment of RM200K annually.

  • Start-up of PWDC

    Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) was established in November 2011, with funding from the state. PWDC works towards the transformation of Penang into an advanced and progressive society through the promotion of equality among all women and men, girls and boys, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or socioeconomic background.