Ms Sun Xueling, Minister of State for Social and Family Development and Home Affairs, will deliver Singapore’s National Statement during her attendance at the 67th session of the United Nations (UN) Commission
on the Status of Women1 (CSW) from 7 to 10 March 2023, which includes a special commemoration of International Women’s Day on 8 March. She is accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Social and Family Development.
2 The statement will highlight Singapore’s partnership approach on women’s development as outlined in the White Paper on Singapore Women’s Development, that was unanimously endorsed in Parliament last year, and the progress made since then in implementing the action plans. For example, in the area of enhancing protection and support for victim-survivors of domestic violence, MSF has expanded the capacity of and added new modes of reporting to the 24-hour National Anti-Violence and Sexual Harassment Helpline (NAVH). In 2023, more progress will be made, such as upcoming amendments to the Women’s Charter to better protect survivors of family violence and to enhance accountability and rehabilitation of perpetrators. These arose from the Taskforce on Family Violence’s recommendations.
3 At CSW, MOS Sun participated in a ministerial roundtable where she spoke about Singapore’s efforts to attract and support female talent in tech through partnership with the community, academia and industry, and measures to tackle online harms, including those targeted at women and girls. In addition, she will deliver opening remarks at an event co-organised by the Government of Indonesia and the Government of Singapore, where she will speak about the partnership between the Singapore Government, employers, unions and the community on supporting women in the workplace.
4 MOS Sun will also be having meetings with representatives from other UN Member States and UN entities such as UN Women, senior women leaders, as well as speak at a dialogue with the Women’s International Forum attended by women Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in New York.
1 The CSW is the principal global inter-governmental platform for UN Member States, civil society organisations and UN entities to address, promote and review issues related to the advancement of women. The theme for the 67th CSW is “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.