Ending violence against women cannot be achieved without the empowerment of women. Within Singapore and the region, we are working towards raising both awareness and funding to eliminate violence against women, and empower the girls and women who are survivors of violence.
Since 2006, the Help Anna campaign has helped reach more than 50,000 Singaporeans through public seminars and workshops. We have also helped provide scholarships and vocational training to more than 200 at-risk women and girls.
In partnership with MasterCard, we have hosted Project Inspire (PI), a global competition which aims to improve the lives of women in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and/or Africa. Young social entrepreneurs (18-35) are invited to pitch an inspired idea for a chance to win a US$25,000 grant. Since 2011, PI has received more than 1,800 pitches from nearly 100 countries.
Weekly Day Off
Since 2008 we have worked with local partners to urge employers to give Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) a regular rest day. The Weekly Day Off published a report, Made to Work, which contributed to the Singapore government’s implementation of a mandatory weekly rest day for FDWs in 2013. Since 2013, we have continued to advocate for fair treatment of FDWs and proper implementation of the 2013 law.
Along with MasterCard and Standard Chartered, we launched the Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) campaign, Girls2Pioneers. The aim of the campaign is to reach 3,000 girls and disadvantaged youth in Singapore by the end of 2014 to encourage them to pursue a career within traditionally male-dominated STEM fields.
We raise funds for regional projects by supporting the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women through our two annual fundraisers: our gala, SNOW (Say No to the Oppression of Women) and our sale of pre-loved designer goods, Buy to Save. The Fund currently supports 78 initiatives in 71countries and territories, with grants totaling US$56.8 million.
Since 2004, we have pushed the anti-trafficking agenda in Singapore, which has contributed to Singapore government launching its first National Plan of Action Against Trafficking in Persons (TIP). [email protected] engages businesses in examining the roots of the TIP, and focusing on solutions and best practices.
Right now, one in ten women in Singapore report experiencing physical or sexual violence. This woman, who we
have named “Anna,” could be your neighbour, your boss, or the woman next to you on the bus.