Singapore to embark on a review of women’s issues in move towards greater gender equality, leading to White Paper next year
By Zhaki Abdullah
20 Sep 2020 12:11PM (Updated: 20 Sep 2020 02:40PM)
SINGAPORE: Achieving gender equality requires a “deep mindset change” as well as changes to Singapore’s cultural value system, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam on Sunday (Sep 20).
“Every boy and girl must grow up imbibing the value of gender equality. They need to be taught from a very early age that boys and girls are to be treated equally and, very importantly, with respect,” he said.
To that end, from next month a series of engagements between the public and private sectors, as well as non-governmental organisations, will be held with the aim of identifying and tackling issues concerning women in Singapore.
These will culminate in a White Paper to be issued by the Government in the first half of next year, which will consolidate feedback and recommendations during the sessions, to be called “Conversations on Women Development”.
The initiative will be spearheaded by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, and supported by the Home Affairs as well as the Culture, Community and Youth ministries.
Leading the engagements would be groups such as the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations, the National Trades Union Congress Women Committee, the People’s Association Women Integration Network and others, said Mr Shanmugam.