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On Monday, many experts had asked why there were no specific provisions in the Constitution on gender equality and no specific anti-discrimination laws in Singapore. While the legal basis for gender equality might not be as specific as the Committee might like, Article 12 of the Constitution provided a sufficient guarantee of equality to all Singaporeans, men and women.

At the same time, issues of subject choice and sex-differentiated curriculum as well as the embedding of gender ideology in curricular materials and school disciplinary codes are also examined in the light of how the concept of femininity is constructed in the school curriculum. In 2021, the proportion of seats held by women in the national parliament in Singapore remained nearly unchanged at around 29.81 percent. At present, there is a low presence of female participants in the political arena of Singapore.

The case in which he is seeking S$3m in damages is due to be heard on 9 February. According to the judgment from the magistrates court case, this separate lawsuit was initiated in July 2022 and is claiming damages “for allegedly defamatory remarks and negligent conduct”. 6.1.1 Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services, by urban/rural.

Find more key insights for the proportion of seats held by women in the national parliament in countries like Vietnam and Myanmar. In 2018, 2.4% of women aged years reported that they had been subject to physical and/or sexual violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months. Up until this month, Singaporean women living overseas could not pass citizenship rights onto their children born out-of-country – only men were given this privilege. Yet as more Singaporean men and women leave the country to work and study, the government is amending the constitution to make citizenship rights more gender-equitable.

  • For example, if the child, though his or her birth acquired a foreign citizenship and his or her father was a citizen by registration, then the child had no right to Singaporean citizenship.
  • The delegation of Singapore supplied detailed written responses to questions posed by the experts at previous meetings.
  • The adolescent birth rate is 2.1 per 1,000 women aged 15–19 as of 2019, down from 2.5 per 1,000 in 2018.
  • Women could make complaints about violations of their rights to the relevant authorities.

A Foreign Worker Unit had been set up in the Labour Relations Department to resolve disputes between foreign workers and their employers over terms and conditions of employment. Foreign domestic workers were allowed into Singapore on the understanding that they were transient workers. Singapore was a small and densely populated country with a very real physical constraint. All foreign workers were fully aware of the conditions under which their work permits would be issued. To related questions, she said there was no undue or unreasonable delay in the time taken to investigate and prosecute complaints of criminal conduct lodged by a female migrant worker. Those contracts provided the core employment terms such as salary, rest day, medical benefits and a description of their duties. Neither local nor foreign domestic workers were covered by the Employment Act because those worked in a home environment, which made enforcement extremely difficult.

Chapter 2: Pre-Independence State Discourse on Education and Women

Under the family ties scheme, foreign spouses of Singapore citizens or permanent residents were eligible to apply for citizenship or permanent residence under their local spouses’ sponsorship. Divorce did not affect the status of those foreigners and their children granted citizenship of permanent residency, unless they broke the country’s laws, or the status had been acquired by misrepresentation. A person, regardless of gender, could lose citizenship if he or she was absent from the country for 10 years without a valid Singapore travel document. On the rights of illegal immigrants, it was explained that the proportion of women and children among illegal immigrants was rather small -– only 6.6 per cent in 2000. They were provided with shelter and health care, when necessary, until they returned to the countries of origin. Regarding Article 6 of the Convention, on the trafficking of women and prostitution, a member of the delegation said that as a small country Singapore could not afford to allow people to disregard its laws and stay in the country illegally. Unlawful entry into Singapore and trafficking in persons were punishable by various jail terms.

Women in Blockchain SG

It has been assumed that because girls and boys are given equal opportunities in education, there are no important gender issues in the sphere of education. This book questions such an assumption and problematizes the role of education as a liberating force for women to investigate if education has indeed liberated women or entrapped them in subordination in a patriarchal society.

As breast feeding requires close contact, direct breast feeding may be of concern in infected mothers. Hence, infected mothers should be advised to wear surgical masks, cleaning their breast before expression via breast pumps to bottle feed their neonates to reduce the risk of neonatal transmission. Precautionary separation of mother and child is debatable and cause loss of physical bonding and emotional attachment which have a negative psychological impact in infected women. Table2 and Table3 shows the distribution of participants’ attitude (Q11–17), precaution practices (Q18–21) and perceptions (Q22–34) towards COVID-19 in pregnancy. One hundred twenty-four women (74%) were worried and very worried about being infected with COVID-19 in pregnancy . Seventy-seven (46%) women were unsure if pregnant women infected with COVID-19 are more likely to miscarry or go into pre-term labour . After delivery, fifty-eight (35%) women preferred to breast feed if they were diagnosed with COVID-19 .

The Government would continue to review the relevant policies and laws periodically, but those explained the various reservations it currently had to the Convention. A number of studies have focused on Singapore women’s lives and careers, including their struggle to maintain coherence in their roles as career women on the one hand, and wives, and mothers on the other.

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