Celebrating SG Women
About the Movement
The Ministry of Social and Family Development has dedicated 2021 as the Year of Celebrating SG Women.
From our nation’s early years, the progress and achievements of our SG Women – our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends and colleagues – have shaped our homes, schools, workplaces and communities, thus bettering every aspect of our society. Their contributions are integral to our Singapore Story and SG Women are highly valued. We believe more can be done collectively to support, protect and uplift them.
While fundamentals of our legislation and policies remain strong, the Government continues to look ahead to understand the aspirations and needs of our SG Women, and to ensure our laws and policies evolve with time. This is being done through the ongoing Review and Conversations on Singapore Women’s Development, involving both women and men, that will culminate in a White Paper, which will be tabled in Parliament. It will set out policy recommendations with a roadmap for implementation.
With respect as the cornerstone of the rapport between women and men, we invite Singaporeans to come together to celebrate the achievements of our women and support their continued progress. We will also celebrate our men who help to debunk stereotypes, change mindsets and play an active role in supporting and uplifting SG women.
Let’s come together to co-create and catalyse solutions that will shift societal mindsets. Together, we can foster an even more equitable and inclusive society for our women and men. Join us by taking part in the
Conversations on Singapore Women’s Development at: go.gov.sg/sgwomen.
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.
Check out this short video on how SG women, across generations and backgrounds, have made significant strides in Singapore's history and help shape our society.
Introducing Papilionanthe SG Women, a new orchid hybrid. Papilionanthe SG Women traces its lineage back to Singapore’s national flower (Vanda Miss Joaquim) and it inherits the characteristics of resilience and ability to produce blooms all year-round from its predecessors.
[Photo from National Parks Board]
Papilionanthe SG Women
Papilionanthe Wanita SG
பப்பிலியோனந்த் சிங்கை மகளிர்
Parentage: Papilionanthe Seletar Red Diamond × Papilionanthe Adina
This orchid was created by the Singapore Botanic Gardens in celebration of the continued progress, contributions and achievements of all SG Women. It was officially named in a ceremony officiated by President Halimah Yacob at the Istana on International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021.
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 on the links below to view the speeches on the White Paper:
Please click here for the White Paper
, or see the infographics below which summarise the action plans.
(Click on the images to view each infographic in full)
Celebrating SG Women Exhibition
This exhibition, based on the White Paper on Singapore Women's Development, reflects the shared vision of Singaporeans, delves into the progress of Singapore women, and outlines the concrete actions we are prepared to take collectively, 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.
Explore the empowering journey of Singapore women - with a tribute to the past and a celebration of the present, in hopes of inspiring the future.
Visit the Celebrating SG Women Exhibition
Level 1 Atrium
|22 April - 3 May 2022
|Toa Payoh HDB Hub
| 7 May - 22 May 2022
|Bukit Panjang Plaza
Level 2 Atrium
| 28 May - 12 June 2022
|18 June - 3 July 2022
Facebook Profile Frame
Singaporeans from various walks of life showed support by adopting our Celebrating SG Women Facebook Profile Frame.
We invite Singaporeans to show how they are changing gender stereotypes at home and/or in the workplace.
You can share your personal stories on how you have changed gender stereotypes at home and/or in the workplace on your social media platforms. Tag your family and friends to encourage them to share how they #MakeTheNorm. Together, we can #MakeTheNorm!
We have collaborated with several social enterprises to produce commemorative masks, mask straps and tote bags!
Click here to get these limited edition mechandise and show your support for the movement and our social enterprises.
In partnership with SingPost and Singapore Fashion Runway, we have released the Celebrating SG Women commemorative stamp in honour of SG Women!
The commemorative stamp is inspired by elements of the Celebrating SG Women logo and attributes of women, taking on the form of our national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim. The stamp is designed by Ms Casey Ng, an artist with special needs from Singapore Fashion Runway, and Ms Agnes Tan, a stamp designer with Singpost.
Pre-cancelled First Day Cover Affixed with Stamps
The Celebrating SG Women commemorative stamp is available at all Post Office (while stocks last). You can also purchase them online
to support the movement!
Gift To Our Next Generation
As our society continues to progress, more women have joined the workforce. Women are now represented in many fields, including those that are traditionally male-dominated.
Today, women continue to work even after becoming mothers. This is why at least 60% of households in Singapore are now dual-income. Despite this, a recent survey on women’s development
- women were five times more likely to take on domestic duties than men in these households; and
- women were also nearly four times more likely to leave their jobs for caregiving as compared to men.
Caregiving is a duty that can be shared. As a gift to our next generation, let us teach them the importance of sharing domestic duties, with the mindset of mutual respect and support. After all, inculcating lifelong values in our children starts from home.
“Our kids will actually mirror whatever we do,” noted a parent who participated in this social experiment. By being respectful, understanding and supportive of our partners through our everyday actions, we can instill values of gender equality in our children.
This video was brought to you by Made for Families
, Families for Life
, Dads for Life
, Mums for Life
, Centre for Fathering
and Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations
Sharing responsibilities for household chores
Caregiving while working from home
Caregiving for elder parents
You can also visit Centre for Fathering
to join courses and programmes geared towards helping families thrive.
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