White Paper on Singapore Women's Development
The White Paper on Singapore Women’s Development reflects our shared vision towards a fairer and more inclusive society, where men and women partner each other as equals, and both can pursue their aspirations freely and to the fullest.
In 2021, the Government completed a year-long, nationwide Conversations on Singapore Women’s Development that engaged nearly 6000 participants over 160 conversations. The Conversations took stock of our current efforts to empower, uplift and support women and gave voice to our collective aspirations for Singapore women. Feedback and ideas from the Conversations contributed to the White Paper, which has 25 collective action plans by the Government and community.
Please click the respective links and images below for the White Paper and infographics which summarises the action plans.
Conversations on Singapore Women’s Development
Singapore women have made tremendous progress over the years with the support of the community and Government. However, more can be done collectively to empower, protect and uplift our women.
That is why the Government, together with community partners, launched the “Conversations on Singapore Women’s Development” on 20 September 2020.
The Conversations were part of a broader Government effort to engage a wide range of Singaporeans, understand their aspirations for Singapore women and mindset changes required for the further advancement of Singapore women.
Watch Minister for Home Affairs and Law, Mr K Shanmugam, share his views on this national review.
In September 2021, the year-long, national-wide Conversations was completed. 160 Conversations were organised, involving nearly 6,000 participants (citizens and PRs), from all walks of life, including youths, working mothers, homemakers, women leaders and men. The closing session of the Conversations took place on 18 September 2021.
Watch Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speak at the closing session.
Thank you for your support and participation in the Conversations.
The Government is studying the feedback and recommendations, which will be consolidated into a White Paper that will be submitted to Parliament soon.
If you have further feedback or thoughts to contribute on Singapore Women’s development, we welcome you to send them to us.
About the Celebrating SG Women movement
SG Women’s contributions are integral to our Singapore Story.
From our nation’s early years, the progress and contributions of our women have shaped our homes, schools, workplaces and communities – bettering every aspect of our society.
The Ministry of Social and Family Development has dedicated 2021 as the Year of Celebrating SG Women. With respect as the cornerstone of the rapport between men and women, we invite Singaporeans to come together to celebrate the achievements of our women and their continued progress.
Let's continue to co-create and catalyse solutions that will shift societal mindsets to foster an even more equitable and inclusive society for our men and women.
About the logo
Based on the familiar image of our national flower, Vanda Miss Joaquim, our logo honours SG Women. The three silhouettes embedded in the orchid motif represent our past, present and future SG Women as we look forward to their progression as an integral part of our collective social advancement. The spectrum of shades represent the diversity of our SG Women across generations and all walks of life.
If you would like to know more about the discussion in our past sessions, read more below.
- Summary for April to June 2021
- Summary for February and March 2021
- Summary for December 2020 and January 2021
- Summary for October and November 2020
- Prime Minister’s speech on 18 September 2021
- MOS Sun Xueling’s speech on 18 September 2021
- Press release (20 Sep)
- Minister (HA & Law)’s speech on 20 September 2020
- MSF’s Office for Women’s Development
We would like to thank the following organisations and groups which have organised various Conversations, and/or submitted written feedback and recommendations. We also would like to acknowledge the parliamentarians who had shared their views during the Parliamentary Motion on Empowering Women on 3 August 2021.List of organisations:
- Association of Women for Action and Research
- Association of Women in Construction (Singapore)
- Business and Professional Women’s Association 3rd Chapter
- Casa Raudha
- Centre for Fathering
- Daughters Of Tomorrow
- Financial Women’s Association
- Focus on the Family
- Girl Guides Singapore
- Healthy Masculinity Project
- Heart of God Church
- Human Capital Leadership Institute
- Institute of Human Resource Professionals
- Jamiyah Singapore
- Law Society (Women in Practice)
- Lean In
- Lepak Conversations
- Mums @ Work
- Muslim Youth Forum
- New Life Stories
- NTU University Scholars Programme
- NTUC Women and Family
- NUS Political Association
- PA Women Integration Network
- PAP Women’s Wing and Young PAP
- Persatuan Pemudi Islam Singapura (Singapore Muslim Women’s Association)
- Safe Place
- Singapore Alliance for Women in Ageing
- Singapore Association of Social Workers
- Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Singapore Computer Society
- Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations
- Singapore Indian Development Association
- Singapore Khalsa Association
- Singapore National Employers Federation
- SMU Apolitical Society
- Standard Chartered Gender Equality Group
- Student Unions / Leaders
- Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices
- Tsao Foundation
- United Women Singapore
- Women Empowered for Working and Mothering
- Young Presidents’ Organisation
- Young Sikh Association
- Young Women’s Leadership Connection
We would also like to thank the following community and corporate partners who have supported the Celebrating SG Women movement.List of partners:
- AMOY Hotel
- Bedrock Bar & Grill
- Botanico at The Garage
- Centre for Non-Profit Leadership
- Civil Service Club
- Commonwealth Concepts
- EtonHouse International School
- Far East Organization
- Food Paradise
- Gardens by the Bay
- Hao Yi Kang
- Hilton Singapore
- Mandarin Gallery
- MENDAKI SENSE
- National University of Singapore
- Pan Pacific Hotel Group
- PSA International
- Oasia Hotel Downtown
- OCBC Bank
- Orchard Rendezvous Hotel
- OSIM International Ltd
- Our Tampines Hub
- Raffles City Singapore
- Shopee Pte Ltd
- Singapore Fashion Runway
- Singapore Post Limited
- Singapore Soka Association
- Singtel Telecommunications Limited
- SNOC Women in Sports Committee
- SP Group
- Super Mama Singapore
- The Clan Hotel
- The Marmalade Pantry
- Unity Pharmacy
- Village Hotel Bugis
- Wisma Geylang Serai
- WEWAM Limited
- Ya Kun International Pte Ltd