SNOW 2016 was about Rebellion. Rebellion has been driving Human Rights & Women empowerment throughout the ages. In 2016, the SNOW gala paid tribute to the great rebels of our time who fought for civil rights and created history. The everyday heroes who dared to rebel against the status quo, who took the risk to speak for those who can’t, who took it upon themselves to lead the change.
Rebellion is about breaking the silence, speaking up for those who can’t do it themselves; it is about going beneath the surface, beyond appearances and speaking out about what others refuse to see; it’s about revealing what is unspoken of and it takes courage. The Singapore Committee for UN Women calls out for everyone to speak out against injustice with the aim of being part of the solution.
Based on a survey conducted by the Singapore Committee for UN Women on attitudes towards gender equality in Singapore, 1 in 3 men identify with feminism, 6 in 10 men believe that women should be the primary caregivers of children. 67% of respondents think that our cultural beliefs in Singapore promote gender inequality through gender stereotypes. 57% of respondents agreed that women earn less than men even when they perform the same work equally well. The World Economic Forum in its Global Gender Gap Report 2014 estimates that if we continue on our current trajectory, gender equality will be achieved by 2095. With men and boys at the table and engaged on the issue, UN Women believes that we can more than halve that estimate.