The Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) was established in 1980 as the National Coordinating body of women’s organisations in Singapore. SCWO has more than 60 member organisations, which represent over 500,000 women, and it serves to unite them to work toward ideals of ‘Equal Space, Equal Voice and Equal Worth’ for women in Singapore.
What do we mean by ‘Equal Space, Equal Voice and Equal Worth’?
Equal Space: SCWO believes men and women in Singapore should have equal space in the home, institution, workplace and community. Women should be able to live in a safe space, without having to fear about being discriminated against, or fear of violence and threats to their safety
Equal Voice: SCWO believes that women should have the right to speak about issues affecting them and be equally represented in leadership positions. Women, regardless of their social status, marital status, and jobs, should be equally heard
Equal Worth: SCWO believes that all women should be equally recognised for their contributions to society and be respected and treated equally. Women should be equally compensated for work of equal value as their male counterparts. Disadvantaged women such as single mothers and migrant spouses should have equal rights and be given the same benefits as other mothers
SCWO is represented on various government and inter-ministry committees, as well as regional and international bodies where it contributes views in the areas of family, women, and gender equality.
Organisation in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2014.
Organisation in Consultative Relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) since 2016.
View SCWO’s constitution.
View SCWO By-Laws.