UNIFEM (part of UN Women)
The National Committee for UNIFEM Singapore is a non-profit organisation working towards women's empowerment and gender equality in developing countries.
Established in 1999, the organisation functions as a National Committee of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), headquartered in New York.
We support programs that provide women and children with access to education, healthcare, economic independence and a life free of violence and abuse, and support the general mission of UNIFEM in developing nations throughout the region by providing funds and support for:
Economic Empowerment Programmes - to enable women to develop business and entrepreneurial skills to access local, national and global markets. Projects also assist women in gaining access to finance, technology and information.
Governance and Leadership Programmes – to give women a voice and visibility by encouraging their leadership in decision making processes that shape their lives.
Conflict Area Programmes - to provide services for women violated during war and armed conflict. These projects also promote the role of women in peace building.
UNIFEM Trust Fund - which helps to support actions to eliminate violence against women, including projects in the areas of: HIV/AIDS, female infanticide, trafficking, forced prostitution, domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape. For more information on the UNIFEM Trust Fund, please click here.
In order to achieve this mission, we undertake a wide range of fundraising activities, membership drives and public education programs and events.
THE DAY OFF CAMPAIGN:
Every year an estimated two million Asian women migrate to other countries to seek work, primarily as a family survival strategy.
They courageously leave all that is familiar to them to face unknown risks. Women migrant workers are vulnerable to exploitation because they are marginalized in multiple ways by society.
Gender-based discrimination and limited work options due to low skill levels contribute greatly to this situation. Domestic workers may be at particular risk of abuse and exploitation because their work takes place behind the closed doors of private homes.
In 2008, NC UNIFEM Singapore has partnered with two local NGOs TWC2 and HOME in launching the Day Off Campaign - a public education campaign aimed at influencing Singapore employers to give their domestic workers a regular day off.
This year long campaign has several activities involved and is open to partnerships and collaboration.
To learn more, please visit dayoff.sg
THE HELP ANNA Campaign
The Help Anna campaign is a multi pronged campaign against Domestic Violence, Trafficking, Maid Abuse and the current conditions of women and children in Aceh. The campaign teels the sotries of 4 women named Anna, one a housewife, one a sex worker, one a maid and one an 8 year old tsunami survivor and now child labourer.
To find out more about the campaign, visit http://www.helpanna.com/
STOP SEX TRAFFICKING CAMPAIGN:
The Body Shop's STOP Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People aims to inspire long-term change and create a world that is taking real action against child sex trafficking. To show your support and reach out to the millions of vulnerable children and young people exploited by the commercial sex trade, simply purchase the Special Edition Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream at $14.90 from The Body Shop stores.
All profits from the sale of the Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream will go to UNIFEM Singapore and H.O.M.E. Funds raised will be channelled to create awareness and educate young people about this issue, as well as to support ECPAT grassroots project in South Vietnam, helping children and young people affected by trafficking.
To find out more, visit the global campaign website at thebodyshop.com/stop or The Body Shop Singapore website www.thebodyshop.com.sg
UNIFEM SINGAPORE SCHOOL TALKS:
UNIFEM Singapore launched our successful ‘School Talks’ program a few years ago. We aim to generate awareness amongst the youth in Singapore on often neglected women's issues, such as the many roles of women in society, respect for migrant women in the house, the incidence of violence against women, trafficking of women and children and other issues that affect us all, in an environment where they can so easily be forgetten due to the affluence our country enjoys. Our current STOP Sex Trafficking Campaign in conjunction with Body Shop and ECPAT has been the focus of the past few talks we have conducted.
During the past year, we have spoken at various schools such as Bishan Park Secondary School, Pei Hwa School, ISEAS, Australian International School, NorthLight School, Victoria Secondary School, Raffles Institution, Hwa Chong Junior College, Republic Polytechnic, SMU and NUS to name a few. Many were inspired by what they saw and heard during the talks and were keen on spreading the message, exactly what UNIFEM Singapore is hoping to achieve!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 6238 6763 if your school or company is interested in organising a UNIFEM talk.
THE RICE DRIVE:
The aim of the Rice Drive is to provide a platform for students to play an active and immediate role in helping the needy. Its objective are to collect rice from students to meet the needs of shelters run by HOME (which houses abused women migrant workers), to raise awareness about migrant worker issues and violence against women and cultivate a spirit of giving among youths.
The pilot rice drive was successfully conducted at Raffles Girls School in January 2008, where over 300 kilograms of rice was collected for HOME Shelters. Another rice drive program was conducted at Catholic Junior College in April 2008, where over 2000 kilograms of rice was collected. Any school or organisation is invited to conduct the rice drive at their premises.
For more information on the rice drive, please contact us or visit www.thericedrive.blogspot.com