We hope to see the gender divide close soon enough, with so many organisations like these out there.
Considering it's 2018 and it's about time gender equality has been accomplished... but unfortunately the divide is still very much present. But thankfully, there are quite a number of organisations that empower women in Singapore.
What does it mean when we say these are organisations that empower women in Singapore? It means that it actively promotes programmes to help women elevate their skill sets, it supports women entrepreneurs, it provides aid to women who need help or advice and the list goes on!
Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) is the national body of women’s organisations in Singapore.
Founded in 1980, it now represents over 58 different organisations for supporting and empowering women in Singapore.
SCWO's motto is ‘Equal Space, Equal Voice and Equal Worth’. It provides outreach programmes, a crisis centre, a drop-in centre, free legal clinics, and more.
The legal clinics are run by volunteer lawyers from Singapore Association of Women Lawyers (SAWL), for those who are unable to afford a lawyer. There is even a Muslim Law Legal Clinic supported by the Law Society of Singapore’s Muslim Law Practice Committee.
While SCWO does get some funding from the Singapore government, that sum is only able to cover 30% of its costs.
Wings is a non-profit organisation focused on promoting active ageing for women from low-income families. What it does is provide skills training for these women, especially in financial planning for the future, as well as supporting them in leading a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Aidha, which is a Sanskrit word meaning “that to which we aspire” is a Singapore-based organisation which provides financial literacy programmes, computer literacy programmes and entrepreneurial skills for Singapore’s foreign domestic workers and low-income women.
You know the saying, "give a (wo)man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach a (wo)man to fish and you feed them for a lifetime"? AIDHA's aim is to help women launch their own business or help them invest in items like livestock in their home countries to better protect them from the cycle of poverty.
The charity says that by helping one woman, it can help improve nine more lives.
Aware (Association of Women for Action and Research) is a gender equality advocacy group that strongly support equal opportunities in education, marriage and employment, as well as sexual and reproductive rights.
The organisation has a social initiative which supports women from low-income families. The initiative, called Single Love, aims to support single parents by introducing programmes like skills training and legal advice.
Not only should women be supporting equal rights between genders, but women should also be supporting equal rights among all women. All women should be treated equally, regardless of their profession.
This is what Project X stands for, but specifically in protecting the rights of sex workers in Singapore. The organisation aims to encourage more acceptance of this marginalised community and to debunk any misconceptions or stigma associated with their work.
The group speaks out against violence against sex workers and also campaigns for better sexual health education and services.
We Can! is part of an international campaign on violence against women. It is also in countries like India, Tanzania, Kenya, Canada and Afghanistan. What it does is to raise awareness through interactive theatre, workshops and collaborative projects with allies in the community, marrying both culture and their cause.
Women on a Mission is an organisation which supports women survivors of violence and abuse. The Singapore-based non-profit group organises expeditions, events and campaigns to raise awareness and funds for other charity groups here like Aware's sexual assault care centre and the UN Women Committee's anti-human trafficking cause.
Singapore Women's Association is a former girls' club. It now helps underprivileged girls in Singapore. The non-profit and non-government organisation supports women in different facets of life such as health, livelihood, education, culture and community, with a focus on the elderly.
Do you know of any other organisations that empower women in Singapore? Let us know in the comments.
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