Be Brave, Be AWARE!

Meet the “she-roes” of Singapore – women empowering other women in a tireless, heroic quest for gender equality

11/2/2016 4:07:06 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

Human rights activist, championing women’s economic empowerment and empowering transgenders – each of these she-roes of Singapore has contributed greatly to the gender equality movement in Singapore. They were duly honoured with awards at the annual AWARE ball in October.

I’m a woman 

Phenomenally. 

Phenomenal woman,   

That’s me. 

(Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman)

Phenomenal. That’s us. Mankind couldn’t exist without us, women, for who else could have babies? Of course, men have to chip in, too, but ultimately we give birth, bring children into the world. No wonder John Lennon sang, “I am forever in your debt” in Woman. Yes, men owe us. As the saying goes, behind every successful man there’s a woman. So why is it that though women make up nearly half the 7.4 billion people in the world today, most of the top jobs in business and politics are still held by men?

AWARE advocates gender equality in Singapore. Its mission it is to remove gender-based barriers so individuals can develop their potential to the fullest. Every year since 2011, AWARE has presented awards to individuals and organisations that promote gender equality in Singapore. The categories of the awards vary from year to year, but the underlying theme has always been bettering the lives of the marginalised.

“Building Dreams” was the donation pledge theme at the WORLD Ball 2016, held in October, which raised $370,000. The money will go into the Building Dreams programme, a new initiative to help women learn new skills, find jobs or get into business.

“The World Ball is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of lower-income women,” said Corinna Lim, Executive Director of AWARE.

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