International Women’s Day Celebrations by Member Organisations
8 March – International Women’s Day, celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. In Singapore, many of our members have taken this opportunity to celebrate women’s progress throughout the month of March. Scroll down to view the activities that each organisation has done.
Italian Women’s Group dedicated their International Women’s Day charity lunch to “Julie’s Happy Kitchen Project” at AG Home, a safe haven for teenage girls who are working through problems. We are with you, AG Home girls!
What is bold and what is change? It’s this: Male Champions of Financial Women’s Association (FWA) pledged for 30% of women in senior positions by 2020 at its annual celebration of International Women’s Day. Over 50% of the Male Champions from 15 organisations took the pledge. It is ground-breaking and the first to be done in Singapore. Hurray to the bold Male Champions of FWA and their organisations!
For more information on the event, please visit FWA’s Facabook page here
Spanish Speaking Women’s Association (SSWA) hosted a cosy International Women’s Day Lunch gathering at the Regent Hotel on the 9th of March. Guest speakers included Pia Bruce (General Director) & Amaya Tanaka (Public Awareness and Youth Initiatives) from Singapore Committee for UN Women, and Malathi Das, Immediate Past President of SCWO (in the picture from left: Mireya Marsan, President of SSWA, Pia Bruce, Amaya Tanaka, Malathi Das & Ivonne Araiza, Vice-President of SSWA)
On 19 March, Aidha hosted Be Bold for Change International Women’s Day event with Singapore Committee for UN Women to recognise and celebrate the bold and courageous contributions of Foreign Domestic Workers. The crowdfunded programme included live music, a festive lunch, a STEM workshop by Girls2Pioneers campaign, as well as money management games and an open house organised by Aidha.
For more pictures of the event, please visit Aidha’s Facebook page here
Volunteers and supporters of Women Empowered for Work and Mothering (WEWAM) gathered for tea to celebrate their work-life success as Women Empowered for Work and Mothering and International Women’s Day.
The Federation of Business and Professional Women (Singapore) organised the very first Young Business and Professional Women Asia-Pacific Symposium in February. Held over two days at the brand new events hotel, Huone, the Symposium welcomed distinguished speakers from all industries. Minister of Parliament, Ms. Sarah Chan, was present to speak about women in power, alongside Her Excellency Paula Parviainen, The Ambassador of the Republic of Finland. With about 100 participants from all over the world, including Egypt, Mexico, UK and Australia, the women shared empowering stories about their triumphs, challenges and showed their support to one another to further gender equality.
To view more pictures of the event, please go to the photo album here .
PrimeTime hosted their first Member Networking event of 2017 at Bloomberg in the evening of Thursday 16th March. Membership Marketing Director, Magdalena Poulin, unveiled PrimeTime’s inaugural Two Way Mentoring Program available to all members in 2017! PrimeTime also invited a special guest speaker from Bloomberg, Carol Chuang, to talk about benefits of mentoring and to share her personal experiences with mentoring in her career at Bloomberg first in New York and then Singapore. Carol drives APAC Client Growth & Experience for Bloomberg KYC product and is the Co-Chair of Singapore’s Women Community at Bloomberg. The event was peppered with delicious snacks and 3 shades of wine and Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons that played in the background to entertain the guests.
For more details on the Mentoring Program, email Magdalena at email@example.com.
Indian Women’s Association (IWA) celebrated International Women’s Day volunteering at Food From the Heart, a non-profit in Singapore that brings joy to those in need by delivering food, toys and hope. This fulfilling volunteering opportunity was organised by the newly launched Acts of Kindness –club of Indian Women’s Association.
To view more pictures of the event, please visit IWA’s Facebook page here .
Young Women’s Leadership Connection (YWLC)’s International Women’s Day celebration was themed “Be the Smarter Woman”. The event was held on the 18th March 2017 at the National Gallery and featured a packed programme of skills development workshops by General Assembly, a keynote address by Aziza Sheerin, Director of General Assembly Singapore, followed by an insightful panel discussion on how to “Be the Smarter Woman” by esteemed guest speakers (Tjin Lee, Director of Mercury and Founder of CRIB; Kuik Shiao-Yin, Creative Director of The Thought Collective; Piruze Sabuncu, Head of SEA and HK, Stripe; and Aziza Sheerin). Ms. Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community & Youth delivered an inspiring closing speech, sharing her definition of the Smarter Woman and urged women to define their own success. The evening wrapped up with a dinner and networking session.
For more details, please visit YWLC’s Facebook page here
The Kamala Club celebrated International Women’s Day on the 8th of March in association with Malabar Gold and Diamond. The celebration, which involved 90 women, was held at the Malabar Gold and Diamonds outlet on Syed Alwi Road. Dr Uma Rajan was the guest of honour at the event which offered the women a fun-filled day with a wide range of activities organized by the Jewellery chain. During the high tea event, Dr Uma gave an inspiring speech on the struggles and rewarding moments in her life. Ethos and Taal presented phenomenal women’s classical dance with the members of the club and recited Hindi poems about women.
To view more pictures of the event, please go here
Read an inspiring International Women’s Day special message from Ms K. Thanaletchimi, Chairperson of NTUC Women’s Committee, and check out the programmes by NTUC to raise awareness on women’s issues: An engaging and interactive “Diabetes & U” talk was organised on 23 March at NTUC Centre, and was well received with a great turnout. A LIVE Facebook Chat and Progression Forum for Women in Science & Engineering, as well as a Legal Primer on Women@Work will happen on 29 March, 25 April and 31 March respectively.