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Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) 
The KPWKM is the Government’s focal point to achieve gender equality, family development and a caring society as the basis for the formation of a developed nation. Amongst others, KPWKM promotes the interest of women and their participation in national development and coordinates the family development program. The main Departments of KPWKM are the Department of Women's Development, National Population and Family Development Board, Social Welfare Department and the Social Institute of Malaysia. The Ministry is responsible for reporting on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as well as the development of the National Plan of Action for Children.

Social Welfare Department, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development 
The Social Welfare Department was established in 1946 with the task to create a caring Malaysian society. The Department deals mainly with welfare services and is responsible for the National Social Welfare Policy. Amongst others, the Department also provides care and rehabilitation to vulnerable communities including children, families, the disabled, victims of natural disasters and the aged. In 2006, UNICEF will continue its partnership with the Social Welfare Department to provide training for para-counsellors and court advisors as well as document Malaysia's best practices on child participation.

Ministry of Education (MoE)  
MoE is responsible for the development of a world class quality education system which will realise the full potential of the individual and fulfil the aspiration of all Malaysians. The MoE ensures that all children in Malaysia have equal education opportunities. UNICEF works with the MOE to introduce life-skills based education and emergency preparedness for school-going children as well as a supplementary reading program for children in rural and remote areas and remedial education for Malaysia’s Orang Asli children.

Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM)
JAKIM is a Government institution which was set up to assist in the creation of a progressive “ummah” based on Islamic principles that are in line with the Malaysian vision. Amongst others, JAKIM is responsible for formulating policies, streamlining laws and regulations and implementing programs for the advancement of Islamic affairs in the country.  UNICEF works with JAKIM to review existing pre-marriage and parenting training modules to include information and education to prevent violence, exploitation and abuse of children.

Human Rights Commission, Malaysia (SUHAKAM) 
SUHAKAM was established under the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act 1999, Act 597. SUHAKAM promotes awareness of and provides education relating to human rights; inquires into complaints regarding infringements of human rights as well as advises and assists the Government in formulating legislation and procedures and recommends the necessary measures to be taken. UNICEF works with SUHAKAM on programs relating to violence and human trafficking as well as programs to educate Malaysians about the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 


Malaysian Association for the Protection of Children (MAPC) 
Established in 1994, MAPC consists of a multi-disciplinary advocacy group of volunteers who promote child protection through programs that raise awareness about child rights as well as child abuse and neglect. MAPC also trains and empowers children, professionals, the Government and NGOs with knowledge and skills to further prevent child abuse and neglect.  UNICEF works with MAPC to strengthen the protective environment for children in Malaysia.

Malaysian Council for Child Welfare (MKKM) 
MKKM was founded in 1954 to improve the lives of children in Malaysia. MKKM and its affiliates support the Government to promote and enhance the total development of children. UNICEF works with MKKM to create awareness in Malaysia about child injury and accidents.


HELP University College   
HELP was founded in 1986 to provide affordable quality educational opportunities for Malaysians. In 2004, it was conferred University status by the Government in recognition of its educational excellence. HELP University College offers a wide and diverse range of programs.  It has also assumed a leading role in research and development, especially in psychology. UNICEF works with the University’s Centre for Psychology for programs in psychosocial support for children affected by the tsunami and a school bullying prevention program; and with the Asian Research Centre for Child and Adolescence Development for an after-school life-skills program for children from low-income families.



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