Tag Archives: civil society

A call for compassion, dialogue and mutual understanding on LGBTQ issues

By Tiffany Gwee A number of organisations and individuals have come together to back a statement that called for “compassion, dialogue and mutual understanding on LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning) issues”. The statement, released on 22 June, currently has 11 organisations and 248 individuals backing it. It was written in response to the Wear White campaign that was organised by …

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Domestic workers celebrate International Domestic Workers’ Day with local NGO, TWC2

By Terry Xu Over 150 Filipino and Indonesian local domestic workers took part in the celebration of the International Domestic Workers’ Day (IDWD) organized by local non-government organisation (NGO) , Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) yesterday. Jointly organised and funded by TWC2 along with a few other sponsors, the celebration event sought to celebrate this meaningful day with the local domestic workers as well as …

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MARUAH expresses concerns over the process and reasons for Roy Ngerng’s dismissal

Local Human Rights Non-Government Organisation (NGO), MURUAH has issued a statement expressing their concerns over the process and reasons offered by Tan Tock Seng Hospital to dismiss local blogger, Roy Ngerng from his job. The NGO wrote, “The issue at hand here is whether employers can simply terminate employees based on the fact that they had apologized for their oversights …

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Position paper by arts groups to reject MDA’s new arts term licensing scheme

By Terry Xu A total of forty-five arts groups have come together to reject Media Development Authority (MDA)’s new Arts Term Licensing Scheme with a position paper published on the artists’ network Arts Engage. This comes after a post at Arts Engage, “Artists in Singapore are mostly against the scheme” published on 25th May by local artists to voice against the new scheme. MDA …

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Civil society statement on racism and xenophobia

12 organizations and 22 individuals have come together to issue a statement to highlight their concern over the surge of racism and xenophobia in Singapore. They state that these discriminatory attitudes pose a threat to human rights and the political conversation in Singapore. They explain by saying the focus on immigrants does not contribute to structural changes in the inequitable policies present …

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Pink Dot 2014: For Family, For Friends, For Love

Image – Pink Dot 2014 Ambassadors (clockwise from left) Sebastian Tan, Campaign Video Director Leon Cheo, Janice Koh and Brendon Fernandez.   Pink Dot 2014, Singapore’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) event, will be held on 28 June at Hong Lim Park, and the organising committee has promised new Ambassadors, a community-focused campaign video, and a more interactive and reflective …

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Concept of family and what it means for Singapore society

By Howard Lee Senior Pastor Lawrence Khong has once again left his wake in the development of social space in Singapore, although not necessarily in a good way. In the latest report on the would-have-been Red Dot Family Movement event at the Padang, Mr Khong questioned the reasons that the Ministry of Social and Family Development gave for declining the …

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10Q – A walk on the Wet and Wild side

Jennifer Lee will not strike you as the typical environment activist – that is, if your impression of environment activism involves boat ramming and chaining yourself to trees. TOC caught up with this soft-spoken and determined founder of two animal rights movements, Project: FIN and Project: WILD, and found out a bit more about how Singapore has come so far …

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Trust and the civil service, part 2 – engaging civil society

By Howard Lee Let’s begin this article with a simple understanding: The public service does not own the public space. It is at best the custodian of that space, managing it on behalf of the people. Within this space, there would have been a lively contest of interests, particularly in developed democracies where civil society groups can find it easy …

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