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4th Singapore Freedom Film Fest in November 2015

Local non-government organisation Function 8 will be hosting the 4th Singapore Freedom Film Fest (FFF), in conjunction with KOMAS, Malaysia. The film fest will present unseen, unheard and untold stories by way of refreshing perspective on freedom. Function 8 offered a grant of $5,000 to a Singapore film-maker – the first time the organisation has done such a thing. Jason …

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ONE (Singapore) Awards are back!

ONE (SINGAPORE), a local non-profit organisation, has opened the nomination for its awards in 2015. The two awards are: The Corporate Community Engagement Award is for the company with outstanding community initiatives that are in line with the campaign to Make Poverty History. The winner should demonstrate a commitment to the community. The ONE Hero Award is for the individual who …

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Dr Chia Thye Poh nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Dr James Gomez has filed a nomination with the Norwegian Nobel Committee to nominate Dr Chia Thye Poh for the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr Gomez is presently Professor of Communications and Associate Dean (International Affairs), School of Communication Arts, Bangkok University, Thailand. (See here.) Dr Chia is a former detainee under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Singapore and had spent …

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Voting opens for AWARE’s Alamak! Awards 2015

The popular AWARE Alamak! Awards are back! Every year, the AWARE Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have promoted gender equality in Singapore. At the same time, the Alamak! Award is given out to the most jaw-dropping instance of sexism, as decided by an online poll. This year, the public can choose from among four candidates: All the anti-mother sexist …

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Foreign workers: Friend or foe?

By Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) Election rallies have started and as Singaporeans, we look forward to what the candidates in each party have to offer in their vision of a better country for all. During this period, the various political parties have their respective agendas and messages to win the hearts of voters. Whether it is on nationhood, what …

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Chinese workers’ protest: What could have happened?

By Jolovan Wham (HOME) Holding placards and kneeling in the middle of a road outside the Ministry of Manpower building, two migrant Chinese workers were reportedly arrested for protesting over a dispute involving their recruitment agency. In response to queries from the media, a Ministry of Manpower spokesperson said that the couple had approached them for help in obtaining a …

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MARUAH: Sampling check results should be announced to parties for transparency

Letter by MARUAH on the transparency of the election process in Singapore By Ngiam Shih Tung, Chairman of MARUAH’s Election Watch committee TOC has reported that the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) sent a letter to the Elections Department (ELD) asking for clarification on the procedures for admittance of candidates' agents to polling stations and counting centres, and on election advertising. Given that election administration is …

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Not enough quota for foreign workers? Here’s what some employers do…

By Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics Lured by the promise of more pay in Singapore to support their child and ailing parents, Chinese couple Wang Chao and Li Ting Ting borrowed 50,000 RMB (approximately SGD10,000) in response to an advertisement that they would each earn approximately $1500 a month for a two year contract. The husband, Wang Chao was told he …

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Let’s not deny the reality of racism

By Zarifah Anuar, Communications Executive of AWARE Racial dynamics in Singapore have seen much discussion recently (“Singaporeans can accept a non-Chinese PM” and “Ensuring minorities will always have stake in S’pore”, 28 Jul). While Racial Harmony Day festivities are heartening, efforts to promote racial harmony must go beyond celebration and performance alone. It is certainly reassuring to have research confirm …

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How parties can earn our vote in the General Election

By AWARE A small cross is a big deal. The ballot is our chance to decide the nation’s direction. Here are five ways political parties can show their commitment to gender equality and an inclusive society – and thus earn our vote in the election. Promote women in political leadership. Women deserve more representation than the current 23% of elected …

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