Building Dreams - Economic Empowerment Programmes for Lower Income Women
About Campaignends 20 Dec 2017, 12 AM
Poverty in Singapore is an invisible problem. More than 150,000 people in Singapore live in absolute poverty. That is 3 national stadiums full of people who cannot afford to have 3 meals a day. Women in Singapore are especially vulnerable to poverty, with 41% of women dropping out of the workforce doing so because of caregiving and family responsibilities.
That's why AWARE, together with Daughters Of Tomorrow (DOT), is launching Building Dreams, a new initiative that helps to support these women with back-to-work support including confidence building, skills training, job placements, mentorship, entrepreneurial support and collaboration with industry partners. Our research will also help us to advocate for more supportive policies and services for lower-income women.
Within DOT's network we have at least 20,000 women living in rental communities that we can reach . Women who cannot afford bus fare for a job interview. Women, like Rene, Siti and Asiken (in the video), who go through tremendous trials to bring up their families.
When you donate, it is not just about the money. More importantly, it is the SPIRIT of your GIVING - that sends the message of SUPPORT AND BELIEF in the women - when you give, you are saying to the next Shikin and the next Rene - that I BELIEVE IN YOU.
The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) is Singapore's leading gender equality advocacy organization. AWARE supports and empowers women on an individual basis and seeks to remove all gender-based barriers that prevent individuals in Singapore from developing their potential to the fullest and realizing their personal visions and hopes. It does this in three ways, namely, research and advocacy, education, and providing social services. In 2016, AWARE won the Charity Governance Award 2016 for the Medium Charities/IPCs category. The Charity Governance Awards, (CGA), organised by the Charity Council, aim to promote good governance in the charity sector by acknowledging the excelling work of charities, while inspiring others to emulate their best practices. AWARE qualified as a candidate for the CGA by becoming a winner of the Charity Transparency Awards (CTA). The CTA recognises charities with good disclosure practices.
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