SCWO celebrated International Women’s Day this year with the 5th Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame (SWHF) Induction Ceremony on 24th March at the Shangri-La Hotel, where 12 outstanding women from various categories were being inducted. This year, we had the honour of having President Halimah Yacob, SCWO’s Patron and also Singapore’s first female president and SWHF inductee, as the Guest-of-Honour, which made it a special evening.
The 12 women honoured this year include, Tan Teck Neo, Grace Yin Pek-ha and Mozelle Nissimwho were inducted for their philanthropy and pioneering community work efforts during the early 20th century; Anastasia Tjendri-Liew, Claire Chiang and Daisy Devan for their outstanding business successes; Phyllis Tan for being the first woman president of the Law Society; Geraldene Lowe-Ismail for being the pioneering tour guide; Yang Chang Man for her conservation work of the Raffles Collection, the largest wildlife species collection during the colonial period; Miranda Yap for her pioneering efforts in the biomedical sciences in Singapore; Zena Clarke Tessensohn for her courage to go against the currents in the early 20th century to found Singapore’s first sports club for girls and last but not least, Puan Noor Aishah, Singapore’s first First Lady as wife to the Republic’s first president, Yusof Ishak. Now in her eighties, she exuded a quiet charm which brought smiles to people’s faces.
Apart from the induction ceremony, SCWO also took the opportunity to recognise and thank organisations and individuals that supported us generously through the years. We presented them with calligraphic carvings of the word “友” in Ancient Bronze script, which means friend. A big thank you to the Friends of SCWO for believing in the work that we do.
Guests were also kept entertained by the electrifying performance by children from Kids Performing™ Academy. It was certainly a treat to watch these young talents shine in song and dance.
The evening was truly a celebration of women’s achievements in Singapore. We look forward to celebrating more women next year.
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