Singapore Women's Charter
Roles, Responsibilities and Rights in Marriage
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute
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I thank the Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Ambassador K. Kesavapany, for inviting me to contribute the Foreword to this volume which contains the papers submitted to the symposium “Revisiting the Singapore Women’s Charter”. The symposium was ...
I feel very privileged to be given this honour as I see so many distinguished people in the audience who are more qualified than me to fill this role. Nevertheless, I must confess that I readily accepted the invitation when I was asked as this sort of an opportunity seldom comes my way. Now that I am ...
1. Legal Mechanisms for Protecting Women's Rights: Examples from Southeast Asia
With increasing levels of economic development in countries across the world, the assumption is that there would be greater equality between men and women in every facet of life. It is no longer a surprise to see women making a mark in the public sphere: there are women in ...
2. The Women's Charter, 1961: Where We Were Coming From and How We Got There
In “The Tasks Ahead” — their manifesto for the June 1959 Singapore General Election — the People’s Action Party (PAP) had promised to legislate monogamous marriage and to make other radical improvements to the status of women.1 By April 1960, the Women’s Charter Bill (No. 81 of 1960) was presented to the Legislative Assembly for debate. ...
3. Significant Provisions in the Women's Charter
The Women’s Charter is Chapter 353 of Singapore’s statutes.1 It was originally enacted in 1961 as the common marriage and family statute for non-Muslim Singaporeans.2 The People’s Action Party (PAP) had included as one item in its election manifesto3 the complete review of Singapore’s existing ...
4. A Lawyer's Perspective on How Divorcees View the Women's Charter
Divorce has increasingly become an inevitable consequence of marriage in many parts of the world. That the incidence of divorce is on the increase worldwide is related to a number of factors. Romantic love — which was commonly thought to dictate the formation of marital unions — is on the demise and has been touted as one reason for the rise in divorce. ...
5. "The Morning After": Understanding and Exploring the Psychosocial Impact of the Women's Charter on Familiies Experiencing Domestic Violence
Family violence is a complex issue relating to the breakdown of an intimate relationship. Former Senior District Judge Richard Magnus (2003) recognizes family violence as: ...
6. Epilogue: Some Thoughts on Protecting Women's Rights in the Family and Beyond
Women’s rights in countries the world over are protected by a gamut of laws. There are pieces of legislation enabling women’s participation in the public sphere or civil society and the arenas of education, mass media, market economy, and politics. There are also laws protecting women’s rights ...
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Publication Year: 2011
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