Yayasan Pendidikan dan Vokasional Wanita Malaysia (YPVWM) is a non-profit organisation registered on the 18 of August, 1999 as a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital, under the Companies Act, 1965. YPVWM was set up with the objectives among others to create training and educational opportunities for women and youth from the poor and other marginalised groups. Since its inception, YPVWM has supported and impacted more than 24000 women and youth from diverse social and educational backgrounds with vocational and entrepreneurial skills through its skills training programmes.

The training has helped to improve their employability skills and income earning opportunities. YPVWM first initiative on the skills development programmes was an outreach programmes created to provide digital literacy training to the rural communities. Working with government agencies and corporate bodies the programme aimed to bridge the digital divide between the have(s) and have- not(s), and between the urban and the rural community. YPVWM’s outreach programme was referred to as the “Program Jarak Jauh Orang Kampung (PJJOK)” or Long Distance Training Programme for the Rural Communities.

Other earlier initiatives was the set-up of vocational skills classes for tailoring, beauty & spa, computer systems and repairs, cooking & baking, and hairdressing to provide new skills to women who were retrenched and unemployed as a result of the 1997-1999 economic crisis. The aim was to help these women to earn income through business or income generating activities or be employed in business sectors that require such skills. In addition to the vocational skills, other skills such as the use of ICT, basic management, financial literacy and English communication skills were also introduced to buttress their skills in entrepreneurship.

YPVWM will continue with its efforts to improve the employability and productivity skills of disadvantaged women and youth through its vocational and entrepreneurial skills training programmes. To meet its mission and goals, YPVWM will continuously seek to work with programme partners from government agencies, corporate and civil organisations for funding and supports.


President & Co-Founder

Hajjah Mariamah Jaffar


Dr. Rokiah Talib

Vice President & Co-Founder

Dr. Halimah Awang


Dr. Abdul Latiff Salleh


Mr. UK Menon, LLM (Monash) Barrister
Dr. Chew SiNG Buan, B.A (Hons) (Malaya); Dip. AdEd (Dist.) M.Ed; Phd (Manchester)
Dr. Fatimah Hashim, B.A (Hons)(Malaya); MA. Ed (Michigan State University); Edd (Monash University)
Dr. Chew Tek Ann, University of Malaya; MPhil University of Sussex; Phd (Universiti Pertanian Malaysia)

Our Team Members


Hajjah Mariamah Jaffar

Programme Manager

Nur Azlyn Abu Bakar

Financial and Administration Director

Wasiah Abu Hassan

Assistant Programme Manager

Siti Noraini Tamisly

Director Programmes

Nur Aziatty Abu Bakar​

Assistant Administrative Officer

Suziela Atan

Senior Programme Manager

Nur Azrin Abu Bakar

Project Officer

Nor Shaazma Jamaludin
Nur Ain Saarani
Nurul Izzati Rosman