Throughout this year, our student volunteers, Viv and Julian from St Joseph’s Institution International, have given their time and shared their passion to help launch United Women Singapore’s (UWS) new programme, UWS Boys Empowered. Find out about their experience volunteering with UWS and their views on gender equality and male allyship.
From a young boy’s perspective, the internet is a place you can escape to and are free to do whatever you want; but it is this exact freedom that can bring about many negative impacts. Being a young boy myself, I can speak on this issue truthfully and will focus on my experience with how gender is depicted in various places on the internet.
Gender-based violence is a tangible sign of gender inequality, and based on the reported crimes data women are predominantly the victims of it.
Gender-based violence refers to acts of violence, harm and injury caused to an individual who was targeted because of their gender identity. However, violence is not purely a female experience. Both men and women may be survivors as well as perpetrators of violence.
Do you know what ‘casual’ sexism looks like at work and how to tackle the issue? Overt displays of sexism may be easier to spot in a workplace: the lopsided gender make-up of your workforce that suggests biased hiring, which can also be seen in promotion pathways and a lack of representation in leadership teams or company boards.
Domestic violence has been on the rise in Singapore since the beginning of the circuit breaker period. Though this period has exacerbated the situation by confining families together in a time where financial pressure has been tremendous, domestic violence has been prevalent in Singapore-just like in other countries-even befreo the circuit breaker and continues until today.
There is no doubt that this ongoing COVID 19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on years of hard-won battles in gender equality and women’s empowerment. It has been the ‘perfect storm’ for vulnerable women all over the world, and they have been disproportionately affected on more than one front since the pandemic began a few months back.
The way forward is clear – if we have to achieve gender equality and empower women, we have to get more of our girls in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. And we have to do it fast.
According to World Economic Forum’s latest report, the world still suffers from a 31.4% average gender gap that remains to be bridged. And the world is left poorer by this gender inequality – by a staggering $12 trillion in annual GDP growth to be exact!