Singapore, 3 Jan 2023 – The Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) has appointed Ms Koh Yan Ping as Chief Executive Officer with effect from 3 Jan 2023. Ms Koh takes over from Ms Angel Chan, who is relocating overseas with her family.
Prior to joining SCWO, Ms Koh was the Deputy Director of the Women and Family unit (WAF) at the National Trades Union Congress, the labour movement’s initiative to support working women in Singapore through advocacy and programmes. Ms Koh was concurrently Deputy Director at the Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute, an established centre for labour education and training in Singapore.
At WAF, Ms Koh spearheaded women-centric career programmes, mentorship and advocacy campaigns to improve workplace practices. She also established strong partnerships with government, employers, unions, and community organisations to champion key policies impacting women and family.
Ms Koh oversaw WAF’s involvement in national-level initiatives like the Citizens’ Panel on Work-Life Harmony in 2019 and the Conversations on Singapore Women’s Development in 2020.
Ms Junie Foo, SCWO President, says: “SCWO is happy to welcome Yan Ping to continue the good work and elevate SCWO’s role as the centre and thought leadership for women. The SCWO Board is confident that with Yan Ping’s many years of experience working with various stakeholders in the labour movement and promotion of women’s representation in leadership, SCWO will achieve its ideals of `Equal Space, Equal Voice and Equal Worth’ for women in Singapore.
“We would also like to wish Angel all the best and thank her for her earnest fundraising efforts, organisation reviews and staff engagements. She has strengthened SCWO’s financial position, management processes and organisation capabilities so that SCWO is in a good position to expand its support to the community and act as the national coordinating body for the women’s organisations in Singapore.’’
During Ms Chan’s tenure with SCWO, she oversaw the submission of SCWO’s recommendations to the Prime Minister towards the White Paper on Singapore Women’s Development. Ms Chan also spearheaded discussions with government agencies on legislations and issues related to the welfare and development and women, including amendments to the Women’s Charter. In addition, she led several partnerships with schools, corporates and government agencies to promote issues like leadership, recognition of women’s achievements and tackling violence against women. SCWO also expanded its direct services support to women going through challenging life changes through SCWO’s Star Shelter, Maintenance Support Central and the soon-to-be-launched support centre for victims of online harms.