UWS Boys Empowered

Preventing gender-based violence by redefining male stereotypes and advocating for healthy masculinity

how we started

The programme was launched with the “Strength Without Violence” campaign; advocating for healthy concepts of manhood with its powerful tagline, “Be A (Real) Man: Strength Without Violence”. The campaign sought to ignite conversations among youths and parents on the topic of gender norms and gender-based violence by redefining what it means to be a man as a society.

Since then, UWS also collaborated with various NGOs and government agencies to pinpoint challenges faced by vulnerable groups experiencing domestic violence and find ways to break the cycle of violence.

About the Programme

As observed, one of the key factors associated with community violence is the influence of negative societal gender stereotypes on perceptions, both men and women, have about themselves and others. The UWS Boys Empowered Programme was, thus, born to create a new generation of males who support women in society. It seeks to achieve gender equality by inculcating a culture of male allyship within society. 

We seek to create safe spaces for males to learn and have conversations about gender stereotypes, equality and allyship. Through these workshops, we equip the society with the skills to interrupt and prevent situations of violence in society.

Programme Beneficiaries

Males from 13 to 25 years old from all backgrounds.

We have successfully collaborated with multiple ITE Colleges, NTU, and various community partners, as well as the general public in our previous engagements.

We Need Male Allies

“While Singapore is a progressive country, there remains a tremendous amount of urgent work that needs to be done to address gender-based violence and the societal norms that influence such behaviour. Encouraging men’s ownership of this growing problem, and being able to lean on their support to intervene in such situations is key to ending gender-based violence. We hope that men will step up to be active allies and help women feel safer in their environment.” 

– Ms Georgette Tan, President of UWS.

The Curriculum

Group Workshops

6 sessions for males to unpack unhealthy gender norms, learn skills and gain confidence to prevent community violence. We propose to keep the audience size for group workshops between 25-30 individuals to maximise the experience.

 

Core Topics:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Gender Stereotypes and Unconscious Bias
  • Allyship
  • Personal Masculinity

 

Applied Topics:

  • Gender Equality
  • Conflict De-escalation
  • Personal Boundaries
  • Cyber Wellness
  • Mental Wellness

 

Our Core Curriculum is endorsed by Raven Consulting & Consultancy Pte Ltd.

Speaker Series

A time for all to hear from influential speakers who act as role models, sharing their personal stories and strategies to convert challenges into opportunities to thrive. This can be held virtually or in-person. Topics can be curated upon request. 

 

Previous topics covered include:

  • Understanding Gaming Addiction
  • Managing Anger
  • Resilience
  • Dealing with conflict in friendships

Community Summit

Events and Talks; featuring subject matter experts on men’s health and youth well-being, for the general public, equipping them with tools to raise a new generation of empowered individuals.

 

Check out our community summit event here!

Our Key Partners

Testimonials

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Publications

Paving Gender Equality through Allyship

Being an ally is a continuous process of reflection, self-awareness and self-accountability. We must acknowledge and, more importantly, have conversations about the harmful effects of discrimination and biases we have about each gender.

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STEMentorship 2022

Connecting Girls to Role Models in STEM

By connecting these mentors with budding STEM enthusiasts, we hope that more girls will feel inspired to explore alternative career paths. Mentors and Mentee shares about what they learnt from the Girls2Pioneers STEM Mentorship Programme.

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UWS STEM Fest 2022 Highlights

The inaugural United Women Singapore (UWS) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Festival that took place on 29 Oct, 2022 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, saw over 650 students, parents, educators and STEM professionals come together as a supportive community for young women to build their competence and inspire confidence in them to succeed in future of jobs in the STEM field.

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