Registry of Societies approves changes to AWARE Constitution
These amendments were approved by the ROS on 21st October 2009. The changes are fairly extensive. Some of the more significant ones relate to membership criteria and rights, and the size and composition of the governing body.
AWARE membership is open to anyone who (a) believes in the objectives of AWARE and (b) is aged 15 and above. Applicants aged between 15 and 18 must have written parental consent.
There are three categories of AWARE membership:
(a) Ordinary (renewable annually) which is open to women above 18 years of age who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents
(b) Female Associate (renewable annually) which is open to women:
• between 15 and 18 years of age who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents
• above 15 years of age who are not Singapore citizens or permanent residents
(c) Male Associate (renewable annually) which is open to all men above 15 years of age.
Life membership is open to those who have been ordinary members for a total of at least 10 years and who pay a one-time fee.
Rights of Membership
|Membership Type||Attend General Meeting||Vote at General Meeting||Election as ordinary board member||Election as office bearer (President, Secretary etc)|
(subject to max of 25% of Board)
Termination of Membership
The Board can terminate the membership of any member who, in its opinion, does not support the objectives of AWARE, or has acted in a manner detrimental to the interests and good name of AWARE, or whose subscriptions are more than three months in arrears.
Anyone whose membership is terminated can appeal to the General Meeting of members.
AWARE’s governing body, now called the Executive Committee and comprising 12 members, will, from the next annual general meeting, be known as the Board. It will have only seven members and will focus on governance, leaving the society’s daily operations in the hands of the Executive Director and her staff.
The term for each Board member will be two years, and the Board can co-opt up to two female members.
Another change is that the annual general meeting need not be held in March. The Board can determine another time.
AWARE’s objectives are unchanged but have been slightly rephrased in the new Constitution. This is how the general objectives of the society are now stated:
(a) to promote the participation of women in all areas, create an awareness of the contribution women make to society and further develop their potential through, amongst other things, education, learning and training opportunities
(b) to promote gender equality by, amongst other things, educating the public on issues relating to gender, equipping women and men to deal with various forms of discrimination, and creating awareness of their mutual rights and responsibilities
(c) to promote the well-being of women by, amongst other things, providing emotional, psychological or legal support
(d) to promote values and norms which would improve the quality of life of women and their families and achieve the betterment of Singapore society as a whole.
Members who would like a copy of the new Constitution can get one from the AWARE Secretariat.