Cover Dato' Dr Hartini Zainudin of Yayasan Chow Kit provides a refuge for the marginalised children of Chow Kit in Malaysia.

All over Asia, these influential female humanitarians are leading and supporting organisations that empower vulnerable children

These women leaders from Asia’s Most Influential list have dedicated their lives to serving the most vulnerable—the marginalised, displaced, sick, underprivileged and at-risk children who need the care of child welfare systems. They are doing it in different ways, from creating safe havens to providing scholarships, but all have a common goal: to help children lead fuller lives.

Bernadette J Madrid, Philippines

At the Child Protection Network Foundation, executive director Bernadette J Madrid is working to establish a network of child protection units across the Philippines. Today, there are over a hundred of these safe havens that provide medical, psychosocial and legal services to victims of sexual abuse. The physician and educator is also a member of national and international organisations dedicated to the prevention of abuse such as the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance and Know Violence in Childhood. For championing children’s rights, Madrid has been named the Most Outstanding Pediatrician of the Year by the Philippine Pediatric Society in 2021. 

Read Bernadette J Madrid’s full profile here.

Dato' Dr Hartini Zainudin, Malaysia

Dato' Dr Hartini Zainudin provides a refuge for marginalised and displaced children with Yayasan Chow Kit. The organisation, which she co-founded, has two 24-hour centres around the Kuala Lumpur suburb (Pusat Aktiviti Kanak-Kanak for children ages seven to 12 and the KL Krash Pad for 13- to 21-year-olds) that offers shelter, counselling, case management, educational programs and more. It also raises funds to help children with severe illnesses and improve its safe havens. The advocate champions several children’s issues, including the banning of child marriages, child protection training and adoption. 

Read Dato' Dr Hartini Zainudin’s full profile here.

Cathy Chui Lee, Hong Kong

Cathy Chui Lee is the first Asian patron of Save the Children Hong Kong, the organisation that protects vulnerable children. Apart from lending her voice, she has helped establish its Children’s Emergency Fund, provided funding for projects in Bangladesh and Indonesia and joined missions with at-risk children from Nepal, Laos and Cambodia. In 2021, the humanitarian also partnered with fast-food giant McDonald’s, creating the six-book Moral Values series that teaches empathy, honesty, respect, among others. In an Instagram post she shares, “McDonald’s Hong Kong have donated a total of HK$400,000 to RMHC for this collaboration. I have matched their donation for this meaningful cause and we have raised a total of HK$800,000 to help sick children.”

Read Cathy Chui Lee’s full profile here.

Xin Min Wang, Taiwan

Xin Min Wang, the CEO of the Shiner Education Foundation, leads an organisation dedicated to empowering children in remote and disadvantaged areas in Taiwan. Shiner provides interactive courses and activities for kindergartens and family support centres, and has helped more than ten thousand children from over a hundred underserved elementary schools. In April, the foundation released the shortlist of students selected for the 111th Qinghan Scholarship, its annual program that provides a monthly subsidy for high school students. 

Read Xin Ming Wang’s full profile here.

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