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Singapore Committee for UN Women News (2013)
Executive Director's Message
The year-end holiday season in Singapore is a time of family, friends and festivities. It’s a fun and frenzied time when we try to squeeze in as much as possible into those final weeks of the year. In the midst of this avalanche of activity, we want to show our care for family, friends and the world around us. We want to take some time out to reflect on the year that has passed, and give thanks for all that we have.
On behalf of the Singapore Committee for UN Women team, I want to reach out and thank you, our friends and supporters, for investing your heart, time, and financial resources to the critical cause of women’s empowerment. As always, it is really because of you that we can continue our mission and grow as an organization of passionate and cause-driven people focused on the rights of women and girls in the region. This cannot be said enough.
Most recently we thank you for your contribution to Sheroes, our photography exhibition that showcases some truly extraordinary stories of ordinary women. Early next year we will follow up by recognizing the heroes among us – the men who take significant steps to better the lives of women.
Your contributions to our Black & White S.N.O.W. Gala dinner will help over 9000 Karenni survivors of violence through the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and International Rescue Committee. The survivors living in the Ban Mai Nai Soi and Ban Mae Surin refugee camps along the Thailand-Myanmar border will gain access to high quality care from community-based health centers, allowing them to heal quickly and safely. We invite you to continue supporting the Karenni survivors through our Monthly Giving program. A small amount given every month will go a long way in helping the women supported by the UN Trust Fund.
Project Inspire is our global social entrepreneurship competition for young change-makers, and could not have happened this year without your support, our co-organizer MasterCard, and our knowledge partners INSEAD and Bain & Co. This year Project Inspire attracted 577 pitch proposals from over 60 countries and resulted in US$45,000 in grant prizes given to social enterprises benefitting women and girls. The grand prize winner, Protsahan, is working in the slums of Delhi with at least 100 adolescent girls facing abuse. The girls will be trained on design and handicraft skills to become Creative Micro Entrepreneurs, helping them escape poverty and the risk of sex and other exploitative work. Social enterprise Ka Tutandike won US$10,000 in prize money to help 100 young women living with disabilities learn the skills of beekeeping and create their own sustainable micro-business. An additional US$10,000 was awarded to Global Press Institute, to train four women in Bangladesh to become professional grassroots journalists. These women will be hired at a living wage as reporters for an international news agency and sourcing stories from some of the least-covered regions of the world.
In 2014 we are expanding our social entrepreneurship competition program to include secondary school students through our Youth for UN Women project.
We are tirelessly continuing to campaign against Trafficking in Persons (TIP). Following on the successful STOP Sex Trafficking campaign, we have partnered with HOME to created Biz@TIP to raise awareness of trafficking within the business sector. With the support of a grant from the Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on TIP, we are organizing a Biz@TIP conference in February for businesses to explore what they can do to combat trafficking, and what they can earn from industry leaders.
We are continuing to focus on the Singaporean community through our public education activities. Since 1999 we have reached out to almost 100,000 (and still counting) individuals, students, volunteers, members, advocates, activists, civil society, sponsors and business leaders across Singapore. Since 2006, we have been spreading an important message about the prevention of abuse and violence against women through the Help Anna campaign, talk sessions, and workshops. More than 50,000 students and adults across Singapore have attended our talks on this subject to date. Your purchases at our recent Buy to Save sale of gently used designer wear helps us continue to run this key campaign.
We note that more and more foreign domestic workers (FDWs) are enjoying a regular rest Day Off after MOM mandated a weekly day off starting this year and phased in as work permits are received and renewed. We are continuing our Day Off campaign efforts, started in 2008, to urge employers to actually give the rest day, now rather than giving a payment in lieu.
As we reflect on our whirlwind 2013 and look ahead, we feel quite fortunate. While feeling fortunate, we are also somewhat overwhelmed by how much there is still left to do for the cause of women’s empowerment.
In 2014, we commit to continue to bring you influential speakers to inspire and motivate such as past guests - Afghan lawmaker Fawzia Koofi; Indian prison reformer Kiran Bedi; and, CNN anti-trafficking Hero Anuradha Koirala. We also commit to continue our critical campaigns for social change, and to look outside our borders and support women in the region through our UN Women network of development efforts. We invite you to join us in our cause by becoming a Member, a Volunteer, a Donor, or to simply come to our many public education events. Together with you, 2014 offers us a fresh start to do even more!
With much gratitude,
Pia Bruce, Executive Director
On behalf of the Singapore Committee for UN Women team
Our Top 5 Moments in 2013
2013 was quite the year for the Singapore Committee for UN Women! Here are our picks of top 5 moments from our team:
1. Project Inspire results in US$45,000 in grants for social entrepreneurships
This year our social entrepreneurship competition, Project Inspire, attracted 577 pitch proposals from over 60 countries and resulted in US$45,000 in grant prizes given to businesses benefitting women and girls. The grand prize winner, Protsahan, is working in the slums of Delhi with at least 100 adolescent girls facing abuse. The girls will be trained on design and handicraft skills to become Creative Micro Entrepreneurs, helping them escape poverty. One of our US$10,000 prize winners from Uganda, Ka Tutandike, is helping 100 young women living with disabilities learn the skills of beekeeping as a social enterprise. The other US$10,000 winner, Global Press Institute, is training four women in Bangladesh to become professional grassroots journalists. These women will be hired at a living wage as reporters for an international news agency and sourcing stories from some of the least-covered regions of the world.
2. Singapore Inter-Agency Task Force funds Businesses Against Trafficking Grant
Following on the successful STOP Sex Trafficking campaign, we have partnered with HOME to created Biz@TIP to raise awareness of trafficking within the business sector. With the support of a grant from the Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on TIP, we are organizing a Biz@TIP conference for businesses to explore what they can do to combat trafficking, and what they can earn from industry leaders.
3. Fawzia Koofi brings her message of women`s empowerment to SNOW 2013
Fawzia Koofi is an Afghan politician and women`s rights activist. As a Member of Parliament in Kabul and is the Vice President of the National Assembly she has been an avid advocate of women`s empowerment. Narrowly escaping infanticide as a new-born, she shared her story with the attendees of the Singapore Committee for UN Women annual gala, S.N.O.W (Say No to the Oppression of Women), and inspired all in attendance.
4. Mandatory Day Off Law goes into effect
More and more foreign domestic workers are enjoying a regular rest Day Off after MOM mandated a weekly day off starting this year. We are continuing our Day Off campaign efforts, started in 2008, to urge employers to actually give the rest day rather than giving a payment in lieu.
5. Pia Bruce nominated as one of Diva Network`s High Heeled Warriors
Singapore Committee for UN Women Executive Director, Pia Brice, was nominated to be Diva Network`s ’High Heeled Warrior.’ The High Heeled Warrior Awards aims to recognise and celebrate women living in Asia who have contributed and created a positive impact in their community. The Awards also aims to increase awareness of the importance in the roles which women play in society be it in business, arts & entertainment, community service or education.
With so much progress in women`s empowerment being made, there is still plenty of work to be done in ensuring that women across the world live happy and fulfilling lives free of oppression, subjugation, and abuse. Make a donation or become a member today to help continue to make the world a better place for women.
Your friends at the Singapore Committee for UN Women
2013's Top 5 Moments for Women's Empowerment
2013 was quite a year for women's issues, and even though we still have a month to go, we couldn't help but give thanks for all the fantastic moments women have had this year, setting the stage for what (we hope) are some big changes in the world. So which moments topped our list?
With so much progress in women’s empowerment being made, there is still plenty of work to be done in ensuring that women across the world live happy and fulfilling lives free of oppression, subjugation, and abuse. Make a donation or become a woman today to help continue to make the world a better place for women.
2014 offers us a fresh start to do even more, together with you! We can’t make progress without our support!
1. Malala Yousufzai rises from tragedy
After being shot and nearly killed by the Taliban, for trying to attend school, this Glamour Woman of the Year has regained her health and become a crusader for girls' rights, specifically their right to an education. She also published a book and started the Malala Fund, which helps programs that directly impact the quality and accessibility of education for girls
2. Fawzia Koofi runs for President of Afghanistan
Although Ms. Koofi has to withdraw from the race for concern of her personal safety, the audacity of her dream to be Afghanistan’s first female president inspired us all. Fawzia Koofi is an Afghan politician and women's rights activist. As a Member of Parliament in Kabul and is the Vice President of the National Assembly she has been an avid advocate of women’s empowerment.
3. Dr Yeo Sze Ling honoured with Her World Young Achiever Award
At just age four, Dr Yeo Sze Ling contracted glaucoma, eventually losing all but the ability to see light. Not letting her disability bar her way to success, she not only attended a mainstream secondary school, but graduated top of her faculty with a degree in mathematics. She went on to obtain a PhD in Mathematics. Today she works as a research scientist in coding theory at A*.
4. Sheryl Sandberg ignites a conversation about leaning in.
Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, started an important conversation about corporate culture, female power, the glass ceiling, and what women can do now to elevate themselves for the career long-haul.
5. Debbie Sterling creates Goldie Blox
Engineer Debbie Sterling challenged the perpetuation of gender roles when she created GoldieBlox, a book series+construction set that engages kids to build through the story of Goldie, the girl inventor who solves problems by building simple machines.
Your friends at the Singapore Committee for UN Women
Buy To Save 2013 a success thanks to you!
Our 7th Annual Buy To Save at Forum, The Shopping Mall was a huge success! Our sincerest thanks to our donors, sponsors and volunteers for their generosity and invaluable support. The donated items were a hit with our customers. Thank you for another year of success!
This year’s Buy To Save marked our most successful yet, with over S$85,000 raised to fund our five key programmes.
November 25th 2013 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Rather than focus on women as victims of violence, we celebrate the strength and inherent power in every woman - the everyday Sheroes. We all have Sheroes in our lives who inspire us, whether it be your mother, your bus driver, your boss, or your daughter. We invite you to share with us your favourite pictures of the Sheroes in your life. So tell your friends and family to send in their best photos. We can't wait to share your Sheroes!
Submission Anyone over the age of 13 and residing in Singapore is eligible to submit their photos to our Facebook page. All photo submissions should be original content that highlight a woman or girl in your life that inspires you. Each photo submitted should also include a short description of why the woman/girl featured inspires you and why you believe she is a Shero.
Competition Duration Submissions and online voting to decide finalists will close at midnight (Singapore time) on November 25th, 2013.
Judging Criteria Submissions will be judged on a variety of factors including overall impact, composition and visual appeal of the photograph. Amateurs and professionals are both encouraged to apply.
Finals The top 10 finalists will have their pictures showcased at a public exhibition on 29 November at the Indigo Blue Art Gallery at 7pm. The winner will be announced during this exhibition and stands to win a surprise prize.
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