Empowering Adolescent Girls - The Maharani Way
Nov 18, 2019

SUNGAI SIPUT, 15th Nov 2019: Adolescent girls from economically disadvantaged families are one of the most vulnerable groups in society. At that impressionable age, social isolation, economic vulnerability, and lack of access to information about gender and reproductive health can prevent a healthy transition from girlhood to womanhood, especially for vulnerable adolescent girls in low-resource communities.

The Maharani Programme by the RYTHM Foundation aims to provide a support system and a safe space for young adolescent girls, aged 11 to 16 through a series of Empowerment Camps and a Learning Lab.

The 2019 batch of 400 girls recently celebrated their graduation from the Maharani Programme. These included students from four schools in Sungai Siput, as well as those who attended three Maharani Camps from all over Malaysia, this year.

The Programme incorporates a combination of physical activities, interactive workshops, and vocational training to help the girls develop their soft skills, educate them about hygiene, gender and sexuality, and also give them access to computer training, creative skill development programmes, and athletics training.

“We believe that all girls are born strong, but society and cultural practices often limit their personal growth. In particular, adolescence is an age of opportunity and a pivotal time in their life when they develop certain habits and impressions. Our aim is to give these girls a platform to express themselves and explore their potential. Through Maharani, our educators and facilitators help them develop the self-confidence to navigate risks and vulnerabilities in their life and make the choices that will set them on a path to becoming confident young women,” said Datin Sri Umayal Eswaran, Chairperson, RYTHM Foundation.

Through the Maharani Programme, the girls learn about gender, sexual and reproductive health, ethnicity and culture, and the importance of physical and spiritual wellness, giving them the tools to develop into confident, responsible and civic-minded women. The Maharani programme helps mould the girls to grow into peer leaders, learn about themselves, gain confidence in their abilities, and build friendships.

RYTHM Foundation has also partnered with the Young Women’s Christian Association of Kuala Lumpur (YWCA KL) to help their members through the Maharani Programme. The Foundation also hopes to introduce the Maharani Programme in Government schools as part of the curriculum and encourage more partnership from the corporate sector.

Maharani in Numbers
- Since its inception in 2010, more than 7,500 young girls from 55 schools all over Malaysia have benefited from the Maharani programme.
- Over 65 Maharani Camps have been conducted to date mobilising 135 teachers.
- Approximately, 85% of Maharani-trained students have gone on to complete secondary education.
- Approximately, 65 % have enrolled in Higher education including Community colleges, Polytechnics as well as private colleges.


About RYTHM Foundation
RYTHM Foundation, the QI Group’s social impact initiative, invests in the communities in which we operate, through strategic partnerships, employee volunteering, and community service.

RYTHM, an acronym for Raise Yourself To Help Mankind, and the Foundation’s core values are built on the principles of Empowerment, Volunteerism, and Resilience. Through all of our work, be it grant making, volunteer engagement or investing in human development programmes, our goal is to empower lives and transform communities.

Please visit our website for more information about our programmes and read the stories of change from our beneficiaries.


For further information, please contact Martin Soosay at 012-6375029 or 03-79679967

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