Dr. Hartini Zainudin
Child Rights Activitist
Dr Hartini is currently a Philanthropic and fundraising consultant by day and always a child rights activist. She was the CEO of Yayasan Siti Sapura Husin, a not-for-profit foundation that works with the poor and marginalized, focusing on the needs of children, the elderly and the blind. She is the founder of Yayasan Chow Kit (formerly known as NurSalam) and served as the Head of Advocacy and Funding as well as the Outreach program in Chow Kit. She is the Vice President of Voice of the Children, a local NGO that does advocacy work, law and policy reforms and training on children's issues.
Yayasan Chow Kit, is a 24-hour crisis center (opened in April 2007) that focuses on children under 18. The center focuses on providing marginalized children with basic needs as well as counselling and protection services , amongst others. Most children who are registered at the center (700 individuals, registered) are children who come from different backgrounds, from within and outside the vicinity of Chow Kit and other parts of Malaysia. any children are abused , neglected, trafficked, and abandoned. Many others are stateless, having no documents and trafficked.The center was a collaboration effort between Yayasan Salam Malaysia and the Department of Children’s Welfare, KL but also works closely with a number of NGO’s and other government agencies and ministries like the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Education.
Hartini was also a member of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development’s National Advisory Council on the Welfare and Protection of Children and is a member of a number of national task forces- Child Protection Policy Training, on issues of Trafficking, Stateless Children and the Malaysian Adoption System as well as on different initiatives on child’s rights and protection.
She has worked on children’s issues in the United States and Malaysia for 26 years, and worked on children’s educational issues in New York, serving as a member of the Junior Council of Ted Forstman’s ‘Voucher School ‘ system- a school choice initiative, served as the Chairperson for COLOR (Community of Leaders Organizing Revitalization) Board, a junior council of Publicolor, a New York based not- for profit organization that works with chancellor school kids (children who are the lowest performing students in schools in New York), served on the committee of the Big Apple Circus, which works with underprivileged children through the Arts and served as Chairperson for the Junior Board of the Kitchen, a New York based Performing Arts organization.
Hartini received her BA and M.Sc in English and English Education, respectively, and has her Doctorate in Monitoring and Assessment (Education) from Columbia University, New York.