Tag Archives: civil society

Civil Society to Respond to AGC’s Statement

Singapore, 7 December 2013 – The group of civil society activists who coordinated a statement regarding the prosecution of Alex Au have announced they will respond to the Attorney-General Chamber’s (AGC) statement of 5 December 2013 in due course. The AGC’s statement was published on its website on 5 December 2013. It was in response to the statement signed by 170 …

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‘Would you step in?’: Viral video on violence against women

‘Would you step in?’: Viral video on violence against women garners over 40,000 views in two days What would you do if you saw a man abusing his girlfriend in the middle of Orchard Road? This is the question that the We Can! campaign poses with a new video, ‘Would you step in?’. The video is part of We Can!’s social media …

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Education Forum – For A Better Education System

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had said at the National Day Rally 2013 that “every school is a good school”. However, a look at the statistics would cast doubt at what PM Lee had said.   Do you know that: •  The Singapore government spends the least government expenditure on education, as compared to the other high-income countries? •  Also, …

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Statement on AGC Action Against Alex Au

Statement by members of the general public on the Attorney General’s Chambers’ action against Mr Au for his blog posts. Singapore, 29 November 2013 We are deeply concerned that the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) has been granted leave to take action against Singaporean blogger, Mr Alex Au, for “scandalising the judiciary” in his blog post, “377 Wheels Come Off Supreme Court’s Best …

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Disabled workers face greater difficulties in job searches

(Image and video by Royston Poh) Sharing The Lion City – Employers are increasingly more open to hiring persons with disabilities. In 2012, 275 job vacancies for persons with disabilities were listed with the Open Door Fund. Compared with only 121 job vacancies listed in 2010, the number of jobs available for persons with disabilities has more than doubled in the last two …

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SG Transgender Sex workers represented in ICAAP

Singaporean Transgender Sex Workers represented at the International Congress on AIDS Asia Pacific (ICAAP11) Deborah* is a 23 year old transgender woman and has been a sex worker for four years. She holds a diploma in Professional Make-Up Artistry from Cosmoprof, and works as a freelance make-up artist in the day. Due to her gender identity, she has faced great …

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Kickstart of campaign for LGBT workplace equality

Last year, Lawrence Wee brought a suit against his former employer Robinson’s in Singapore. He alleged that he was harassed into leaving his job because Lawrence is gay. Concerned that the law is ambiguous, Lawrence is now asking the High Court to judge whether Article 12 of our Constitution, which guarantees all persons equal protection of the law should also …

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Celebrating Caregiving 2013 Model Caregiver awards

Saturday, 16 November 2013 – The 2013 Model Caregiver Awards were presented this morning by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health, at an event at Hyflux Innovation Centre. [slider_pro id=”1″] Organised by AWWA Centre for Caregivers (CFC), with support from Agency for Integrated Care and SG Enable, the “Celebrating Caregiving” event aimed to highlight stories of exemplary family …

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A room full of “trouble makers”, unclear about the future?

By Howard Lee “Where is civil society today? I don’t have a very clear answer,” said Braema Mathi from human rights group MARUAH, as the Civil Society Conference organised by the Institute of Policy Studies drew to a close. Braema’s remarks might have puzzled some. It was, all in, a robust session that flagged out many issues that civil society …

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A second chance for Yong Vui Kong

November 14, 2013, Singapore – The Singapore Anti-death Penalty Campaign and We Believe In Second Chances welcome today’s decision by Justice Choo Han Teck to spare former drug mule Yong Vui Kong from the gallows. It has always been our position that Yong, a young, first-time offender, deserves a second chance. We are relieved he will not have to pay the …

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