The Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development in Malaysia reported that approximately 22,000 girls were sexually abused between 2010 – 2017. Over half of these cases were rape cases, 27% molestation and 8.1% incest.
Malaysia is an origin, destination and transit country for trafficked women. Trafficked women are often bought for domestic servitude, commercial sexual exploitation or labour exploitation. Despite the introduction of the Anti Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act of 2007, there are limited protections for women who are being trafficked in Malaysia.
In addition, the recent rise of conservative Islam in Malaysia has lead to a worrying increase in the practice of female genital mutilation and other forms of violence against women. In 2009, 95% of women in rural Malaysia suffered female genital mutilation and reporting suggests this trend is on the rise.
Sisters For Change began programme work in Malaysia in 2019.