You Won’t Believe What This Singaporean Mum Has Done To Empower Women

To commemorate The Weekly’s 20th Anniversary in October, we are adding to our distinguished list of Great Women Of Our Time alumnae two noteworthy women who continue to inspire, and seamlessly balance success with sacrifice. Here is the second Honorary Award recipient:

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Laura Hwang, In her 60s, Singapore representative for women’s rights on the Asean Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children

If you’re looking for a woman who has made it a mission to give her time, energy and considerable enthusiasm to help others, look no further than Laura Hwang.

Chairman of the Singapore Dance Theatre since 2016, Laura was appointed as Singapore’s representative for women’s rights to the Asean Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) in 2014.

Laura was also the president of the Singapore Council for Women’s Organisations from 2010 to 2014, where she motivated changes to the Women’s Charter to improve legal and support systems for divorced women and families.

“I have always been conscious that I was both fortunate and lucky to have had supportive parents and access to a good education that shaped me career-wise and as a person,” she confesses.

“Through the various organisations that I have served with, it was clear than more could be done for other women and children. I felt it was my responsibility, as someone who is able to improve the situations of others, to play my part.”

Her appointment two years ago as Singapore’s representative for women’s rights in the ACWC has allowed her to do just that and underscores the importance her voice plays in empowering the women in Asia.

Laura, ever the optimist, also believes gender equality can only get better from here.

“The way that society is structured still leaves women more vulnerable and although we have made such great advances, there is still a long way to go to level the status quo between men and women,” she says.

“I want to be a role model for younger women as I believe it’s so important that there’s tangible proof of what can be achieved as a woman.”

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