The Ministry of Social and Family Development has appointed Mrs Laura Hwang Cheng Lin as the new Singapore Government Representative for women’s rights on the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC). Her term of appointment will be for three years with effect from Oct 2014.
Mrs Hwang is the immediate past President of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO), the national co-ordinating body for 57 women’s organisations. She served two terms as President/SCWO from 2010-2014. She was a Director on the ASEAN Confederation of Women’s Organisations from 2010-2014, an Advisor to WINGS (Women’s Initiative for Ageing Successfully), and a founding member and mentor of the Council of Advisors of the Young Women’s Leadership Connection. She is the Chairperson of the Audit Committee of the KK Hospital Endowment Fund and a member of its Board of Trustees. Mrs Hwang is the former President of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Singapore, 2006-2010, and a current member of the Nominating Council of the IWF International. She is also the current Co-Chair of the BoardAgender.
Mrs Hwang succeeds Dr Aline Wong who is the current representative. Thanking Dr Wong for her contributions, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said, “Dr Aline Wong has served four-and-a-half years as Singapore’s representative with distinction and passion. She has been a strong advocate to promote and protect women’s rights in ASEAN. During her term, Dr Wong initiated the first ASEAN-wide training programme for frontline social workers to improve their skills in helping victims of family violence”.
Minister Chan welcomed Mrs Hwang’s appointment saying, “Mrs Laura Hwang brings with her a wealth of experience on issues related to women, and is well poised to represent Singapore at the ACWC and international arena".
ABOUT THE ACWC
The ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) was inaugurated on 7 April 2010 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, in the occasion of the 16th ASEAN Summit. The establishment of the ACWC is aimed at, among others, promoting the well-being, development and participation of women and children in ASEAN. One of the mandates of the Commission is to develop policies, programmes, and innovative strategies to promote and protect the rights of women and children to complement the building of the ASEAN Community.
Twenty Representatives (one for women’s rights and one for children’s rights) have been appointed by the ASEAN Member States to the Commission. Singapore’s representatives are Mrs Laura Hwang (for women’s rights) and Mr Koh Choon Hui (for children’s rights).