Overview

AWARE is Singapore’s leading gender equality advocacy group.

AWARE believes in the rights of women and men to make informed and responsible choices about their lives and to have equal opportunities in education, marriage and employment, and in the right of women to control their own bodies, particularly with regard to sexual and reproductive rights.

AWARE is dedicated to removing gender-based barriers.

These barriers apply to both women and men, but because of the way human society has evolved, it is women who are more likely to come up against these barriers. These barriers, whether structural, attitudinal, or self-imposed, prevent individuals in Singapore from developing their potential to the fullest and realising their personal visions and hopes.

AWARE works to identify and eliminate these barriers through research and advocacy, education and training and support services.

Since its formation in 1985, AWARE has carried out research into numerous issues affecting women, including workplace sexual harassment, poverty of older women and Singapore’s compliance with UN anti-gender discrimination standards.

AWARE provides a feminist perspective in the national dialogue. It has effectively advocated against laws, public policies and mindsets that discriminate against women. AWARE has contributed towards the strengthening of laws dealing with domestic violence.

The AWARE Training Institute (ATI) develops and provides training to empower women to achieve independence. ATI also provides educational programmes to organisations and the public on issues that affect women.

AWARE’s Support Services provides crisis counselling, assistance in dealing with the authorities, and legal advice to women in need.

AWARE is a not-for-profit organisation. We are funded by donations, grants, and member subscriptions. We are a registered charity with Institute of Public Character status, so all donations to AWARE are tax-deductible.

 Vision

A society where there is true gender equality, where people are valued as individuals free to make informed and responsible choices about their lives.

Mission

To remove all gender-based barriers so as to allow individuals in Singapore to develop their potential to the fullest and realise their personal visions and hopes.

Values

  • We embrace diversity, and we promote understanding and acceptance of diversity
  • We respect the individual and the choices she makes in life, and support her when needed
  • We believe a woman should have freedom of choice over her reproductive rights

Operating Principles

  • We operate on principles of integrity, trust and mutual respect
  • We solve problems and make decisions in an inclusive and participatory manner
  • We use accountability structures in order to be an effective organisation
  • We provide a safe space for all in the constructive exchange of ideas and opinions
  • To find out more about how we work with civil society organisations and politicians, please click here.