‘Withered Lily’ has received first place in the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations annual In Her Stride event. We were honoured to have Minister of State for the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social and Family Development, Ms Sun Xueling, as the Guest of Honour on the day alongside our judges – Ms Junie Foo, Mr Alvin Goh, Ms Smiti Suri & Ms Christine Goh.
The SCWO held their annual In Her Stride event, titled In Her Stride: Change the Lens, on Tuesday, 30 November 2021. This year saw it taking the form of a short video competition, which was open to tertiary level students from local educational institutions. The aim of this competition was to increase public awareness on the topics of Bullying, Harassment and Violence in relationships through short videos while also getting our youths involved in these issues.
‘Withered Lily’ was created by Yue “Eunice” Yu & Kiara Mahendran from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. It tells us a story about how time unfolds, blossoms, withers and regenerates as a young girl struggles to come to terms with and eventually heals from a traumatic incident in her classroom.
Being students of Illustration Design with Animation, Eunice & Kiara created Withered Lily to show the struggles that victims of sexual assault go through. Through their short film, they hoped to spark a conversation on the understanding of victims’ inner thoughts & struggles in seeking help.
The judges and SCWO were nothing less than impressed by the calibre and creativity of all the students who participated in this competition and we believe this is only the beginning of what we hope will be an ongoing conversation with the youths of our country about these issues and many more.
We would like to thank the students as well as our wonderful sponsors Manulife, Deutsche Bank, AMGEN & Royal Bank of Canada, without whom this wouldn’t have been possible.