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Wanted: A Singaporean to champion women's rights in ASEAN

Dr Aline Wong, Singapore’s current representative, will end her term in October after serving four-and-a-half years.

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has invited civil society organisations to nominate candidates for Singapore’s representative for women’s rights on the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC).

The term of office will be from October this year to October 2017, the ministry said in a press release issued on Tuesday (Sep 2).

The ACWC was inaugurated in 2010 in Hanoi with Dr Aline Wong as Singapore’s representative. Dr Wong, who will end her term in October after serving four-and-a-half years, initiated the first ASEAN-wide training programme for frontline social workers in helping victims of family violence. During her term, she also initiated the establishment of an ASEAN network of social service agencies which is currently being considered by the 10 ASEAN member states for implementation.

According to the MSF, nominees should meet the following selection criteria:

  • A Singapore Citizen with standing among women leaders and women’s groups in Singapore;
  • Have experience in dealing with women-related issues and be able to take part in international discussions and debates and to objectively defend Singapore’s position and interests on such issues; and
  • Understand the history of our region, the diversity of people, cultures and political systems in ASEAN and the realities that this diversity imposes on ASEAN in all fields.

Candidates should be nominated by an organisation whose work is relevant to the ACWC. Nomination forms are available for download on the MSF website and should be submitted by noon on Sep 15.

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