Distinguished members of the CEDAW Committee,
1. On behalf of the delegation, I would like to thank the Committee for the invaluable insights which were shared with us today. It has indeed been a fruitful session.
2. I also hope my delegation and I have given you a better appreciation of Singapore’s unique circumstances and challenges and how we are working to overcome them.
3. We are fully aware that our principles of governance, the way we care for our citizens, realise human rights and preserve our social harmony, may also not fully conform with how other societies have organised themselves.
4. But we believe that every country should be given the time and space to deal with its own development, and advance women’s rights and human rights in its own way, taking into account their unique and evolving social and cultural context.
5. We are proud of our collective efforts to advance women’s rights so far. We are currently 5th on the UN Human Development Index and 11th on the Gender Inequality Index. We have also outlined the many legislative measures, policies and programmes we have implemented since our last CEDAW review session in 2011.
6. But we acknowledge with humility that there is always room for improvement. Singapore will continue to support and participate constructively in the CEDAW process.
7. We will continue to work with all stakeholders, including civil society, and constantly review our policies and programmes which impact women. The Singapore Government remains fully committed to further advancing the status of our women.
8. I would like to assure the Committee that we will take your views and comments into serious consideration in our efforts to ensure the full and practical implementation of our CEDAW obligations. Thank you, once again, for the very constructive dialogue. I would also like to extend my appreciation to the Secretariat and translators for having worked so hard for this session.