AWARE calls on politicians to end all discrimination in gender equality manifesto

Teng Yong Ping
Lifestyle Editor
AWARE wants the government to end all forms of discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, disability, race, religion, HIV and health status, marital status, employment status, pregnancy and family caregiving. (Photo: Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) put out a call to action on Friday (26 June) for policymakers and politicians to improve gender equality and eradicate discrimination in Singapore society.

The release of the women’s advocacy group’s gender equality manifesto coincides with the run-up to the 10 July General Election.

The government should enact legislation to end all forms of discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, disability, race, religion, HIV and health status, marital status, employment status, pregnancy and family caregiving, in all aspects of life such as housing, employment and education, AWARE said.

The manifesto outlines six principles and proposed policies: eradicate discrimination; ensure decent work for all; end violence against women; financially compensate and equally distribute unpaid domestic and caregiving work within families; treat all parents equally regardless of marital status and citizenship status; and better support low-income households to meet basic needs.

According to a recent global report, gender parity will not be obtained for more than a century, AWARE said. “Yet the government has the power and the responsibility to create meaningful change and achieve substantive gender equality at home and work.”

The full text of AWARE’s Gender Equality Manifesto can be viewed here.

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