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SWA celebrates International Women's Day

SWA celebrates International Women's Day

Break the bias- What is bias? To break a bias, we need to understand the core of how it developed and what it means contextually to each individual. Can we recognise the colour and impact of our own bias?


At birth, we are a blank slate. We build experiences and learn. Is experience the origin of bias? Is it nurture or nature? 

 

Every experience is a life episode. These mini-episodes becomes our feelers to manage our expectations and manoeuvre our way in life. They develop as safeguard mechanisms to help us advance and grow or hinder and stumble.
 

Thus, how do we break this bias?

 

At Singapore women’s association, we would like to use International Women’s Day to ask everyone to deep dive within ourselves and think about the last time we deliver the bias to others on a daily basis. 
 

By honestly identifying it, we can take measures to arrest it.
 

Some introspective questions:
• Are we being biased at home with our family?
• Are we being biased with work allocations?
• Did we actively engage in crucial conversations?
• Was there bias towards a person due to gender/systemic situations/geographical/race/circumstance?

 

By addressing it, we will break it because we have taken a step forward and face our demons straight in the eyes.

Lynette Lee

Lynette Lee

General
Virtual Annual General Meeting

Virtual Annual General Meeting

The President, Ms. Lee Li Hua welcomed members to the AGM. She thanked them for their attendance, support and help in our various activities. She highlighted that as we got used to the new norm, working from home, social distancing, meetings via Zoom and now e – AGM. Charity work would continue to be an important part of SWA, serving and helping the community. Due to Covid 19, a lot of our projects were on hold. We hope to resume all activities once we are able to. The following were adopted: minutes of the 66th AGM held on 4th may 2019. annual general

report for the year ending 31st December 2019. audited financial statements and auditor’s report for the financial year ended on 31 December 2019. Election of New Office Bearers:12 members were nominated and elected to the Management Committee for 2020-2022.

Angela Wong Lai Sheung

Angela Wong Lai Sheung

General
Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Date/Venue:   4 May 2019/SWA office

 

The President, Lee Li Hua, presided at the AGM in which 17 members attended. The President, Ms. Lee Li Hua welcomed members to the AGM.  She thanked them for their attendance, support and help in our various activities. She highlighted that the participation at the AGM were of great importance as we reviewed the past year’s activities and upcoming events for this year.  Charity work would continue to be an important part of SWA, serving and helping the community. To ensure continuing success all members’ help are needed to start spreading the words around talking to members and friends who may not be regularly updated on our events.  An introduction on “Project Taking Charge” was given by Sara Mei Woo, Tan Ketsu Tan, Kyla Tan and Angela Wong after the AGM.

Angela Wong Lai Sheung

Angela Wong Lai Sheung

General
WOMEN’S SPORT FESTIVAL

WOMEN’S SPORT FESTIVAL

The Women’s General Association of Macau invited SWA to send a team of 12 ladies to join the festival.  It is a great opportunity to impel female participation in sports and to promote friendly relationship among women of states region. 12 SWA members joined the festival. 

 

SWA Team led by President, Li Hua, Advisor Sara Mei Woo and Secretary Angela Wong. 

 

Members: Janet Lum, Alice Chai, Vivien Sham, Angeline Yang, Serene Tan, Eileen Feng, Roxanne Zhang, S Priyanka Annuncia and Shayne Wong. Teams from overseas included: Singapore, Donguan, Guizhou, Hong Kong, Huizhou, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taipei, Thailand, Zhaoqing and Macau. 

 

Eileen Feng Miss Singapore International 2018 gave a presentation on “The relationship between exercise and nutrition”. 

 

The team, led by Priyanka, presented “The Women Warriors”  at the Mass Sports Fitness Exhibition. 

 

It was a great event to meet women leaders from the participating countries.

Angela Wong Lai Sheung

Angela Wong Lai Sheung

Community
LUNAR NEW YEAR LUNCH FOR THE ELDERLY 2019

LUNAR NEW YEAR LUNCH FOR THE ELDERLY 2019

SWA has been organizing the Lunar New Year Luncheon for the Elderly since 1977. Singapore Petroleum Company (SPC) is the anchor sponsor of the event and has partnered SWA since 2006 to share this “Chun Jie” (春节) festivity with the old folks and to bring cheers to our needy elderly friends.  The lunch was held usually after the 15th day of the first month in Lunar New Year.  Er Ku was engaged to provide the entertainment programme.  About 300 old folks are invited.  The elders were treated to a sumptuous Halal & Non-Halal Chinese lunch. Each elderly received some red packets and a goody bag. They had a wonderful time with the very innovative and retro nostalgic acts and songs put together by the group of entertaining artists arranged by Er Ku.  SPC has pledged its support to continue sponsoring this event. We had very positive feedback from the elderly who attended the lunch and also received thank you letters from the homes. This year on 27 February 2019, we celebrated our 42nd Lunar New Year Lunch for the Elderly.
 

Wendy Khon

Wendy Khon

Elderly
5th SWHF Induction Ceremony and SCWO International Women’s Day Celebration.

5th SWHF Induction Ceremony and SCWO International Women’s Day Celebration.

Every March, SCWO celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) with a gala dinner and the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame (SWHF) induction ceremony. IWD was designated by the UN in 1975 as a special day to reflect on the advancements made by women, to consider the challenges faced today, and to access our role in the future. 

The SWHF was launched by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) in 2014 to recognize and salute the outstanding women of Singapore. It is the celebration of the women who have made, or are making, an impact on our nation – the boundary-breakers and record-holders, the risk-takers and change-makers, the role-models and standard-setters. Exco members led by Li Hua participated the event.

Lee Li Hua

Lee Li Hua

Community
WOMEN’S SPORT FESTIVAL

WOMEN’S SPORT FESTIVAL

The Women’s General Association of Macau invited SWA to send a team of 12 ladies to join the festival.  It is a great opportunity to impel female participation in sports and to promote friendly relationship among women of states region. 11 SWA members joined the festival. SWA Team  was led by President, Li Hua, Advisor Sara Mei Woo and Secretary Angela Wong with eight members: Joyce Yeo, Tan Pheck Woei, Janet Lum, Kylie Yeo, Lynette Chua, Lynn Two, Stephanie Koh and Gisele Ong.  Teams from overseas included: Tung Koon, Guam, Kwong Tung, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Macau. Lynn Teo, Miss Singapore Supranational 2017 gave a presentation on “The Relationship Between Leisure Sports and Women’s Health”. Kylie Yeo, Miss Singapore International 2017 led the team in the mass sports performance “It is Singapore” at the mass sports exhibition. It was a great event to meet women leaders from the participating countries.

Lee Li Hua

Lee Li Hua

Community
LUNAR NEW YEAR LUNCH FOR THE ELDERLY 2018

LUNAR NEW YEAR LUNCH FOR THE ELDERLY 2018

Wendy Khon, our 3rd Vice President was the Organising Chair.  SWA has been organizing the Lunar New Year Luncheon for the Elderly since 1977. 

Singapore Petroleum Company (SPC) is the anchor sponsor of the event and has partnered SWA since 2006 to share this “chun jie” (春节) festivity with the old folks and to bring cheers to our needy elderly friends.  

The lunch was held on 8th March 2018 at Quan Xi Restaurant.  Er Ku was engaged to provide the entertainment programme.  SPC has made a donation to sponsor the event.   The total number of table is 39 (34 tables and 5 volunteer tables).  Ms Ellen Lee, former member of Parliament of Sembawang GRC  and President of Singapore Table Tennis Assocation was the Guest of Honour. The elders were treated to a sumptuous Halal & Non Halal Chinese lunch. Each elderly received some red packets and a goody bag. They had a wonderful time with the very innovative and retro nostalgic acts and songs put together by the group of entertaining artists arranged by Er Ku. SPC has pledged its support to continue sponsoring this event. We had very positive feedback from the elderly who attended the lunch and also received thank you letters from the homes.

Wendy Khon

Wendy Khon

General
Annual Charity Dinner 2017

Annual Charity Dinner 2017

Held on 12th August 2017 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, the SWA Charity Dinner is one of our longest running charity initiatives to raise funds for our beneficiaries. 

The Miss Singapore International Beauty Pageant is the highlight of our annual charity dinner, themed “Beauty with Heart and Purpose”; the pageant encapsulates the true meaning behind the programme – to provide for the underprivileged through charity. Winners will be invited to participate  in Miss International in Japan, Miss Supranational in Poland, Miss Asia Pacific International in Philippines and Miss Tourism Queen of the Year in Shanghai. 
 

This year we were again honored to have Mr Seah Kian Peng, Member of Parliament, Marine Parade GRC as our Guest of Honor to grace the event and we were also delighted to have the continual support of our main sponsors of this initiative – the Lee Foundation, Hong Leong Foundation, the FairPrice Foundation and EHA Clinic (Dr Elias Tam). Donation was also received from Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple.

Lee Li Hua

Lee Li Hua

Community
Women's Sports Festival

Women's Sports Festival

The Women’s General Association of Macau invited SWA to send a team of 12 ladies to join the festival.  It is a great opportunity to impel female participation in sports and to promote friendly relationship among women of states region. 12 SWA members joined the festival. 

SWA Team led by President, Li Hua, Advisor Sara Mei Woo and Secretary Angela Wong. Members: Lynette, Sherry, Janice, Ischelle, Huiqi, Ariel, Chloe, Kaitlyn and Jacelyn. Teams from overseas included: Beijing, Guam, Zhuhai, HongKong, Indonesia, Philippines, Shanghai, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Macau. Huiqi, Miss Singapore International 2017 gave a presentation on “Benefits of Aerobic Exercise”. The team presented the Active Singapore “Tomorrow is here today” at the Mass Sports Fitness Exhibition. It was a great event to meet women leaders from the participating countries.

Angela Wong Lai Sheung

Angela Wong Lai Sheung

General
 IRCC (Inter-Racial AND Religious Conference Circles)

IRCC (Inter-Racial AND Religious Conference Circles)

SWA continues to work closely with the Braddell Heights IRCC. We participated and bonded with the IRCC members in their many events organized throughout the year.  Wendy Khon, our 3rd Vice President has been reappointed as Secretary to the Braddell Heights IRCC.  Some of the events we participated were: -

 

  • Wendy Khon attended a networking cum dialogue session with Mayor Dr Maliki on 13 Jan 2017.
  • BHCC IRCC Appointment Holders were presented their appointment letters at the BHCC Lunar Year Gathering held on 31 Jan 2017.
  • BH IRCC organised Team Building Activities/Re-appointments/long service awards on 29 April 2017 at ORTP (old bottle tree park near Khatib MRT). Mr. Seah attended and gave away appointment certificates and long service awards. Wendy Khon was re-appointed as Secretary of BHCC IRCC. Wendy, Sara Mei, Any and Angela attended the event.
  • IRCC Table Top Exercise TTX on 4 Jul 2017 at Nanyang Junior College. Wendy and Angela attended. The role of IRCC is to disseminate timely and accurate information to religious and community organization, to provide reassurance and calm to respective communities, to monitor the ground situation relating to the crisis situation and collect feedback, and to assist emergency authorities in managing incidents and restoring normalcy.
  • Learning Journey of Harmony: 29 July in conjunction with Racial Harmony Day. We visited Silat Road Sikh Temple, Ruthra Kaliamman temple and Masjid Temenggong. Members attending: Wendy, Any and Alice Chai.
  • IRCC National Day Dinner on 5 Aug (Sat) at Serangoon Amphitheatre, near Block 263 Serangoon Central Drive, 7pm to 10pm.
  • IRCC National Day Dinner-SWA hosted it on 24 Aug 7:30pm. SWA did a brief introduction on SWA. Members attending: Li Hua, Wendy, Angela, Sara Mei, Joyce, 2016 Queens 4, Janice Koh, 2017 Queens 4, Lynette, Anny, Meiting, Alice Chai, Elizabeth.
  • 18 October 2017 – Public Holiday (Deepavali) Walkathon & Fun Day organized by Bartley Community Care Services & Bartley Christian Church. SWA supported the inaugural Bartley Community Care Services fund raising walkathon. Attended by: Lee Li Hua, Wendy Khon, Joyce Yeo, Angela Wong, Tan Pheck Woei, Christopher Jones, Anny Leow and Jacquelyn Liew
Wendy Khon

Wendy Khon

General