Singapore Committee for UN Women

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Singapore Committee for UN Women

Singapore Committee for UN Women is a self-funded Singapore-based charity aimed at supporting local, regional, and global programmes that provide women and young girls with access to leadership development, economic independence and a life free of violence and abuse.

Since 2010 alone, we have reached more than 100,000 students, business leaders, activists, and beyond. With the help of our partners in civil society, government, and the private sector, we have educated more people than ever before on the issues which matter to us most.

We promote actions to eliminate violence against women including projects in the areas of HIV/AIDS, female infanticide, trafficking, forced prostitution, domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, and other forms of abuse.   Since 2006, we have reached more than 50,000 Singaporeans through public seminars, workshops and our Help Anna campaign. We have also helped provide scholarships and vocational training to more than 200 at-risk women and girls.   Since 2004, we have pushed the anti-trafficking agenda in Singapore, which has contributed to Singapore launching its first National Plan of Action Against Trafficking in Persons (TIP). Along with HOME and with the support of the Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on TIP, we launched the Biz@TIP campaign and hosted the first-ever multi-sectorial conference in Singapore to engage businesses in best practices towards eliminating trafficking of women and girls. We continue to engage businesses by hosting monthly sector-specific talks that amplify the important discussions that took place at the conference, examine the roots of the issues at hand, and focus on solutions and best practices. 
We support women in developing livelihood, business, and entrepreneurial skills that will enable them to access local, national, and global markets. Projects also assist women in gaining access to financial services, technology and information.   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.
We amplify the voices and visibility of women and girls by encouraging their participation in the decisions that shape their lives.   Since 2008 we have worked with local partners to urge employers to give Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) a regular rest day. As part of the Weekly Day Off campaign, we 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.

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