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About Us


The Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) is the National Coordinating body of women’s organisations in Singapore.  Our 58 Member Organisations represent more than 500,000 women in Singapore.


Incorporated in March 1980, the SCWO, having been founded by women, seeks to unite the various women's organisations, clubs, committees, groups and women leaders together, working in accordance with its various aims and objectives.


The Singapore Council of Women's Organisations seeks to co-ordinate these associations into a national movement and to act on their behalf in matters for which it is authorised by its members.


It seeks to promote the ideals of `Equal Space, Equal Voice and Equal Worth’ for women in Singapore.




Aims & Objectives


  • To co-ordinate and act as a federation for women's organisations, and to bring together all women leaders of Singapore;

  • To create opportunities for member organisations to share information and collaborate with each other;

  • To identify areas of common interest , and purpose, and furthering these through unified effort;

  • To foster friendly relationships, goodwill and understanding amongst women, irrespective of origin, race, or religion;

  • To provide leadership and work positively towards peace and understanding throughout the world by actively participating regionally and internationally with other like-minded organisations which subscribe to similar aims and objects;

  • To promote and improve the status of women in Singapore in all fields, and where necessary, seek legislative and policy changes to ensure justice and equal opportunity for women as embodied in the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

  • To serve as a resource centre for information about women in Singapore and carry out research and training programmes that will benefit women;

  • To provide direct and support services that address the needs of women in Singapore, with special focus on the needs of vulnerable women.








National Council of Social Services (NCSS)



ASEAN Confederation of Women's Organisations (ACWO)


ASEAN Committee of Women (ACW)


APEC – Women Leaders Network (WLN)



About Our Logo


The Logo represents our core values of social responsibility and service to the women in Singapore.


  1. The circle represents the embracement of women and the overall role of SCWO for all women's organisations.
  2. The 'O' with 4 different colours, represent our diverse interests and operation objectives of the women's organisations for which SCWO serves and represents.
  3. The symbol of the 'O' or interlocking circle represents unity and the need for us to work together to serve the different needs of women in Singapore.




  1. The 3 purple bars depict SCWO's work to advance the status of women –
    1. To serve as a national coordinating body for women's organisations in Singapore and foster friendly relationships, goodwill and understanding amongst women's organisations and women, irrespective of race, colour, or religion;
    2. To ensure justice to all women, protect and to further women's welfare
    3. To educate, inform and advocate and serve as a resource centre for women's issues in Singapore


  1. The 3 alternate purple bars around the 'O' symbolises, power, strength and has long been a colour of the women's movement.
  2. The other 3 colour bands – yellow, green and blue depicts our different women's groups:
    1. Arts, Sports, and Community Groups
    2. Professional, Business and Labour Women's Groups
    3. Advocacy, Service and Network Groups


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The Presidents (1980 – 2016)

2014 –2016

Ms Malathi Das
Zonta Club of Singapore

2010-2014 Mrs. Laura Hwang
IWF (International Women's Forum)
2008-2010 Dr. Ann Tan
AWDS (Association of Women Doctor's)
2006-2008 Mrs Wee Wan Joo
ZONTA Club of Singapore
2004-2006 Mrs. Tisa Ng
IWF (International Women's Forum)
2002-2004  Dr. Jennifer Lee
UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women) 
2000-2002 Dr. Shirley Lim
GCWSCS (The General Conference Women's Society of Christian Service) 
1992-2000  Dr. Anamah Tan
SAWL (Singapore Association of Women Lawyers 
1990-1992 Mrs Constance Singam
AWARE (Association of Women for Action & Research) 
1988-1990 Ms Janet Yee
SASW (Singapore Association of Social Workers) 
1986-1988 Dr. Chua Li Eng
ZONTA Club of Singapore 
1984-1986 Ms Quek Bee See
YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) 
1982-1984 Ms Caroline Lam
SBPWA (Singapore Business & Professional Women's Association)
1980-1982 Mrs Julie Tan
YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association)