Monday, 10 Feb 2014
Prof Yoriko Kawaguchi
Mdm Halimah Yacob, WW Vice-Chairperson (Outreach)
Ms Foo Mee Har, Organizing Chairperson
WW Advisors and EXCO members
Women Members of Parliament
Party Activists and Guests
Good morning and I would like wish everyone a Happy Lunar New Year.
Last year, I spoke about the challenges faced by women at the work place. Although women constituted more than half of university cohort, we continue to be under-represented in middle and top management. Balancing family and career goals remains a struggle for many Singaporean women. Let me start by reviewing our progress and achievements a year on.
Singapore ranked 13th in the UN Gender Inequality Index. In another study by WEF, we ranked 58 out of 136 countries. While these 3 indices are composed differently, they are some commonalities in what they measure.
Women activists called upon the Government to address boldly key issues that worry senior citizens and more specifically older women.
Ideas about women becoming "game-changers" across various socio-economic, political and business spheres were raised.
Annual gathering is WW's signature event.
What if there was a group within the PAP formed by senior citizen activists?
WW paper asks for incentives and support schemes to develop more pro-family environment at work. Petir speaks to MP Foo Mee Har on her role in leading the paper and more.
PAP Women's Wing wishes Singapore a Happy 48th National Day!
Women Wing's vice chairman Josephine Teo speaks to Petir on the role of a new committee which produces policy recommendations on women's issues.
It is a part of WW's effort to seek out new ways to connect with Singaporean women and highlight its position on various topics.
He described the middle class as "one of the drivers that represent the main psyche of Singaporean society".