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Definitions and Scope

Gender inequality is a pervasive issue even in a first world country like Singapore which is seemingly progressive. This may arise from different prejudices or distorted views of women, like the perception that women are weaker or the sexualisation and objectification of women. This then manifests itself in discrimination in different domains like education and employment opportunities (especially in male-dominated sectors), sexual harassment, reproductive health, unequal distribution of household work, et cetera. Hence, public attitudes as well as structural changes have to be tackled in order to effectively eliminate gender inequality.

Target Population: Women

There are different subgroups in this broad population of women, which includes but is not limited to:

- Single mothers

- Victims of abuse (e.g. sexual, domestic, etc)

Women as a broad population may also face indirect prejudice on a day-to-day basis, which can arise in problems like catcalling, feeling unsafe in public, etc.

These categories can also overlap with other marginalised groups, like low-income families, those with intellectual or mental disabilities, racial minority groups and so on, which create even more unique and varied problems that result from this intersection.

Client Segments

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Size of Target Population

The current female population in Singapore is about 2.9 million. According to AWARE, 1 in 10 women in Singapore experience lifetime physical violence by a male.

Desired impact for target group

A society where there is gender equality (Aware)

‘Equal Space, Equal Voice and Equal Worth’ for women in Singapore (SCWO)

Needs of women

With reference to the White Paper On Singapore Women's Development, the Government has outlined a few key areas of concerns brought up during the Conversations on Singapore Women’s Development sessions in 2022. The following areas were

Area 1: Equal Opportunities in the Workplace

Area 2: Recognition and Support for Caregivers

Area 3: Protection against Violence and Harm

Area 4: Other Support Measures for Women

Area 5: Mindset Shifts

White Paper on Singapore Women's Development

Need for Equal Workplace Opportunities

Gaps and Their Causes

In a survey conducted by Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) in 2020, 4 in 10 women in Singapore face sex discrimination at work compared with 1 in 10 men. However, only 12% of those who faced gender discrimination made reports. This may be due to the fear of nobody believing them, the impact on future work opportunities and their reputation.

At work, some women continue to face glass ceilings and obstacles due to stereotypes. Workplace discrimination also manifests as biases in interactions with customers, suppliers and in networks, gender being a consideration for promotions, a pay gap for the same rank or job, and greater barriers in career advancement.

Existing Resources

AWARE has a Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Advisory, which is a free service providing advice and support (both practical and emotional) to individuals facing discrimination or harassment at the workplace. WHDA will guide women through their various options, internal or external — including approaching their company’s HR or the Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP), or filing a mediation request with the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM). Possible Solutions

Develop career mentorship, networking opportunities and training programmes for women at work and re-entering the workforce

SCWO's BoardAgender initiative Mentoring Programme

National University Of Singapore Women In Business Mentorship Programme

National University Of Singapore Women In Tech

Need for Greater Support and Recognition for Caregivers

Gaps and Their Causes

COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on persistent discrepancies in gender roles at home, with women shouldering a disproportionately higher load.

Existing Resources

Possible Solutions

Need for Protection Against Violence and Harm

Gaps and Their Causes

Incidents of violence and harm against women are less common in society at large, a single incident is still one too many.

Existing Resources



Possible Solutions

Need for Other Support Measures for Women (Elective Egg Freezing)

Existing Resources

Gaps and Their Causes

Possible Solutions

Need for Greater Support for Unsupported Pregnancies

Existing Resources

Gaps and Their Causes

Possible Solutions

Resource Directory

See SCWO list http://www.scwo.org.sg/get-involved/be-a-member/our-members-by-category/

Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)


NTUC Women and Family Unit


Persian Permudi Islam Singapura (PPIS)

aka Singapore Muslim Women's Association


People's Association's Women's Integration Network


Singapore Council of Women's Organisations(SCWO)


Singapore Association of Women Lawyers (SAWL)


Soroptimist Garden City