PAP Women's Wing to step up outreach efforts

From left: People’s Action Party Women’s Wing chairman Grace Fu, former Japanese Cabinet minister Yuriko Kawaguchi and conference organiser Foo Mee Har, at the PAP Women's Wing Conference on Feb 8, 2014.
From left: People’s Action Party Women’s Wing chairman Grace Fu, former Japanese Cabinet minister Yuriko Kawaguchi and conference organiser Foo Mee Har, at the PAP Women's Wing Conference on Feb 8, 2014.PHOTO: ZAOBAO

The Women's Wing of the People's Action Party (PAP) will step up its efforts to engage and connect with Singaporean women, it said yesterday when it announced the new line-up of its executive committee.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, who chairs the group, also said that it believes women can play a bigger role in shaping Singapore's future, and is committed to helping them fulfil the role.

"As Singapore navigates through challenges such as uncertain global economic conditions, lower workforce growth and an ageing population, the Women's Wing will strengthen our connection with women on the ground, extend our outreach to activists and enhance our leadership on issues confronting women of Singapore," she said.

The Women's Wing, which was formed in 1989, has in recent years submitted policy proposals to the Government on marriage and parenthood, women in the workplace and ageing.

The group also said that five newly elected women PAP Members of Parliament have been inducted into its 36-member executive committee for 2016-2017.

They all serve as district and deputy district advisers.

The five are: Ms Joan Pereira (Tanjong Pagar GRC) for the Central Singapore District; Ms Sun Xueling (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) and Ms Cheng Li Hui (Tampines GRC) for the North East District; Ms Cheryl Chan (Fengshan) for the South East District; and Ms Rahayu Mahzam (Jurong GRC) for the South West District.

Officials in other key appointments remain unchanged, including the three vice-chairmen.

They are Ms Indranee Rajah (Tanjong Pagar GRC) who focuses on outreach, Mrs Josephine Teo (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC) who is in charge of advocacy, and Dr Amy Khor (Hong Kah North), who oversees communications.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 02, 2016, with the headline 'PAP Women's Wing to step up outreach efforts'. Print Edition | Subscribe