AWARE conducted an attitudinal survey with the aim of understanding Singaporean attitudes towards violence against women, identifying gaps between education and awareness and ultimately using the findings to guide the We Can! End All Violence Against Women (or We Can!) campaign. The survey findings reveal that a large proportion of Singaporeans would not intervene in cases of domestic violence, with a majority of respondents not knowing how to intervene.
In this report, AWARE’s second on workplace sexual harassment, AWARE reviews the current laws relating to workplace sexual harassment, and concludes that the current mechanisms are inadequate. Criminal remedies usually do not aim to stop the offender’s actions or to provide compensation to the victim, which are usually what the victim seeks. In Singapore, there is no specific Workplace Sexual Harassment legislation, and most companies are not equipped to deal with workplace sexual harassment and help victims.
This report on parental leave in Singapore is a collaboration between AWARE and the students of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, who conducted a survey on the subject. The report advocates policies such as converting the fourth month of maternity leave into ‘parental leave’ that can be taken by either parent, and turning the first two weeks of maternity leave into mandatory paternity leave instead.
The UN encourages non-governmental groups to submit Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Shadow Reports. They hope to get a more comprehensive picture of the lives and status of women in each country that has ratified the convention, free of government bias. The report documents the opinions, research, and recommendations of non-government organizations. Thus far, AWARE has submitted three shadow reports, organized by the CEDAW sub-commitee. More information on CEDAW and Shadow Reports can be found here.
This report provides additional recommendations to the changes implemented by the government. The key recommendation is that a central body be set up to administer maintenance payments and facilitate the collection of outstanding payments, with powers to access information from government databases.
This report looks at the phenomenon of sexual harassment in Singapore. It is the result of 16 months of research by AWARE’s Sub-Committee on Workplace Sexual Harassment. The research shows that sexual harassment is still a significant challenge for employees. Key findings include: 7 out of 10 employees who were surveyed were not aware of sexual harassment policies in their workplace; half of the respondents have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace; and sexual harassment affects both males and females.
This report provides insight into the legal intricacies in dealing with people who have sex with minors abroad, a practice which is easily accessible in the region. The report discusses the problem of sex tourism and proposes that extra-territorial legislation (ETL) be introduced to deal with this. It also provides scope for scaling up on the government’s position vis-à-vis Conventions on the Rights of the Child, the Stockholm Declaration, the Yokohama Global Commitment and the International Labour Organization.
The primary concern on the casino issue is the well-being of the family. AWARE views the establishment of a casino in Singapore as a retrogressive move that puts at risk the well-being of many families in Singapore. AWARE feels that the social impact of gambling has not been seriously considered, except for a cursory acknowledgement that “there is a problem” and some vague reassurance that “it will be looked into”. There is an absence of a systematic study on the impact of gambling on Singapore. AWARE is asking the authorities to further study and draw lessons from the several studies already conducted in the US and Australia, before a decision is made.
This paper explores the issues faced by female lawyers in Singapore and puts up recommendations for changes in the way lawyers have traditionally held their practices.
This paper discusses a direct correlation between Total Fertility Rate and the level of gender equality. Recognition of the importance of quality of life issues for the couple and their future child, adequate support structures for families and availability of flexi-work arrangements are key factors in countries which have seen positive fertility trends.
Singapore’s education system is a subject of critical importance to the well-being of Singapore women, who make up the majority of teachers and, as parents, often shoulder the principal responsibility for monitoring their children’s educational development. This prompted AWARE to look into the issues facing Singapore’s education system in the light of the Ministry of Education’s statement of “The Desired Outcomes of Education” (1998) and the inauguration of the Prime Minister’s S21 vision of a more participatory society.
The first part of this report addresses various gender issues such as workplace policies, political participation, the birthright of children born to Singaporean mothers abroad, constitutional rights, National Service participation, cultural considerations, human resource policies in the civil service and foreign workers. These come hand in hand with policy recommendations. The second half of the report elaborates on the survey results on the same issues.
This position paper addresses government actions to encourage Singaporeans to have more children due to the dropping fertility and birth rates. The paper looks at issues such as how predictions about future populations are made, the proportions of different ethnic groups and optimum population density. It also discusses whether women will really benefit from these government policies, and includes some policy recommendations.
THE PORTRAYAL OF WOMEN IN THE MEDIA: A STUDY
This study analyses the English-language daily and the English-language Sunday paper in Singapore to determine how women are portrayed in these publications. The study also analyses three magazines available in Singapore. These are Go Magazine, Woman Now and Signature. The completed study is presented as a collection of articles. Each article analyses the content of the news items which appear in the section which is under scrutiny, the advertisements, the photographs and the amount of coverage given to women. All the articles have provided an analysis of the image of women as presented in the newspapers.