What We Do
Participants sitting in a circle with children and a cat stretching out on the floor.
WHAT IS PENAWAR?
Penawar holds peer-led support group for women and non-men (people who don’t identify as men) who were raised in Muslim households. We’re based in Singapore.
In Malay, Penawar means antidote or elixir. Likewise, Penawar strives to be the place of healing and respite for those who are in need of it. Established in 2015, we’ve been reaching out to more people since April 2018.
It all started when…
Our founder had mental health struggles and her father tried to tell her to go back to God after her episodes ended, as if trying to suggest that her mental health struggles were a test for her to repent.
So, she confided in an older friend (our other founder!) and was told that this is an inter-generational problem experienced by many other young women in the Muslim community. Hence, it would be healthy to start a support group to address these issues and experiences.
THIS SUPPORT GROUP IS FOR YOU IF YOU FEEL LIKE…
It’s difficult to be your authentic self in mainstream spaces but you want an inclusive, safe space that affirms who you are.
You’re struggling to process difficult experiences but you want to be honest about it without being shamed for having gone through a hard time.
It’s hard for others to understand your specific Muslim experience based in Singapore but you’re ready to be a part of a community who is committed to expressing support, solidarity and heal with you together as a community.
What you should know…
Penawar isn’t professionally trained in crisis care or specific mental health areas. Please see a trained professional if you need further support. Do have a look at our compiled list of other support services to see if any of them cater to your specific needs.
Most importantly, Penawar doesn’t preach to practice Islam in a certain way, nor will we pressure you into leaving the faith. Our focus is grounded in sharing our lived experiences as a community of Muslim-raised people.