Who are we?

SWWS is a non- governmental, non- profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of women’s equality and elimination of violence against women and children. The beginnings of the Society go back to 1984 when a group of concerned women got together. SWWS was officially registered in July 1985.

Among the pioneers were Hew Cheng Sim, Ling How Kee, Beverley Cox, Valerie Mashman, Margaret Bedus and Fiona Masing. The then State Minister for Welfare, Datuk Hafsah Harun, helped the group in its registration as she shared the view that there was an urgent need for a women’s NGO to be formed to specifically look at and address women’s issues.


The group decided to open a crisis phone line and prepare for this by organising training but to do this we needed some cash, trainers and a place to hold a course. The headmistress of St. Teresa’s, Molly Chong, came to our rescue by offering us the use of a classroom in the evenings so we could hold our first training sessions.

Once again Datuk Hafsah Harun helped us by offering us the free, temporary use of an old school building built by her family at the back of their house near Satok Bridge. It became our first base for several years. It was here we congregated, had our meetings, planned SWWS programmes, developed our resource centre and organised our famous ‘pot lucks’ and it was here 1988, that the Women Crisis Phoneline (CPL) was launched. It became the first phone line service run solely by volunteers to act as a listening ear for women in distress.

As the programmes and visions expanded, the group felt that we needed to move to a more central place. Therefore, in 1993, SWWS shifted to the 1st Floor of the Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) building in Rock Road. Later in the same year SWWS opened our Drop- in Centre who was launched by our guest of honour, Yang Berhormat Puan Rohani Bt Karim.

Our new premises however proved to be a bit cramped, and also needed by STU, so in 1994 SWWS shifted a few blocks away to the present Centre at Lot 1610, 2nd Floor, Rock Road, Kuching.

Today we have gained the confidence of the State Government and receive funding from them to carry out most of our programmes which we greatly appreciated. We are extremely proud of our achievements yet we know we have much more work to do to be able to offer a consistent, active and effective service to women in need of our help.

We deal with issues on:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Rape
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Human Trafficking
  • Women & Law
  • Women & Health
  • Child Sexual Abuse
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Sarawak Women for Women Society (SWWS)

[email protected] ; [email protected]Email
+6082 416 053Phone Number
+6013-804 4285Phone Number
+6082 416 053Fax Number
Established since 1984Year of Establishment
PPM-003-13-05091985Registration Number
Lot 1610, 2nd Floor,Jalan Rock, 93200 Kuching, Sarawak.Address
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