Communities in Malaysia becoming safer and more secure for women.

Malaysia gained 18 places on the WPS Index, to 73, driven primarily by improvements in security, specifically community safety, which rose from 31 percent of women feeling safe walking home at night to 46 percent. Recent reforms to Malaysia’s 1994 Domestic Violence Act expanded the definition of assault, created access to emergency protective orders, and increased protection for survivors of abuse. The government also promised to address the threat of stalking. Still, fewer than half of women feel safe walking alone at night, and other challenges include the absence of laws protecting against sexual assault in public spaces and reported “moral policing” of women’s dress code outside the home.