Sarawak is well-known for its ethnic diversity – there are over 28 different ethnic groups in the region. Each has its own language, history and cultural significance. This diverse heritage means that the area has a rich tradition of arts and crafts. From bead work and textiles to wood carving and the weaving of rattan and bamboo. This cornucopia of local hand crafted items has ensured that traditions are handed down from generation to generation. The skills, talent and heritage of the people of Sarawak will never be lost.
Since its establishment in 1981, the non-profit and non-governmental Women’s Aid Organization (WAO) has been fighting to create a society in which women can be free of the threat of violence. The WAO sets the promotion of equal rights for women in Malaysia as its primary goal, and hopes that respect, protection, and self-determination would one day be the public domain of all Malaysians, men and women alike.