26 November 2022 – In light of the international day of eliminating violence against women, SCWO organised a concert at The Grassroots Club to uplift women who have survived domestic violence, and to inspire the public to reach out when help is needed by noticing the signs of abuse.
With our Guest-of-Honour, Minister of State for the Ministry of Social and Family Development, and the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ms Sun Xueling, opened the concert with a heart-warming speech detailing the efforts the Ministry of Social and Family Development has made against violence.
The two-hour concert featured inspiring and empowering performances by volunteers who reached out to take the stage and raise their voices to support women who have faced abused. There were over 180 guests in attendance.
Danish, a volunteer, performed an original song entitled, Victories Nobody Sees”. The hopeful song shares that success and survival can and should be celebrated, even if the healing is not visible to the anyone else.
Other performers were the Music and Drama Company, Honey Queen Productions, Charlene Chen and Hinnam, Alex and Rhea from the German European School (Singapore), and Ryleigh Anne Danielle and Rozaidah, who all performed powerful songs that encourage victims to find their stride.
Ms Sandra Aulia, a former resident of the SCWO’s crisis shelter, Star Shelter, and a sought-after speaker and advocate for eliminating violence against women, took the stage to share her story in a dialogue with SCWO’s deputy CEO, Ms Lorraine Lim. Zoe Tay, who was initially scheduled to host the dialogue, sends her sincere apologies for being unable to attend the concert due to an unfortunate fall.
Sandra’s experiences shed light on the difficult steps a victim goes through before acknowledging the abuse and how she managed to find her stride.
The grand finale of In Her Stride features a theme song of the same title, written and produced by Kimberly Desker with the animated music video created by Eunice Yue Yu. The song follows the story of a victim of domestic violence as she struggles to find her stride while protecting her children. She ultimately finds success and victory through her struggles and walks towards a brighter future.
wasn’t sure if I wanted to come. But this song…. it brought me hope.”
– Anonymous guest (Survivor of Domestic Violence)
“Every single voice matters. When we raise our voices and make a stand, the sounds we make will resonate, which will, in turn, create an impact from the waves it creates. You have created an impact by being here with us, and for that, I thank you.”
– Junie Foo (President of SCWO)
What was initially planned as an outreach concert raised close to $50,000.00. The concert would not have been possible without our corporate sponsors, Decorté Singapore, Deutsche Bank, CSC, and our product sponsors, Decorté Singapore, P&G and ATOS Wellness. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our corporate donors, The Hour Glass and CSC.
In Her Stride is an annual campaign by SCWO to eliminate violence against women. Since its conception in 2018, the campaign explored different mediums and outlets to spread the message that violence must be stopped.
With a mission to educate, motivate and inspire, In Her Stride has reached out through a conference, a community engagement workshop, an information website on violence, a video competition, and this year, a concert. We share the message that with the help of her community, family and friends, a victim or survivor of abuse or violence can find her stride.