PAP's Women Wing to start discussions on women's perspectives and aspirations

Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and the chairperson of the Women's Wing.
Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and the chairperson of the Women's Wing.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - The women's wing of the People's Action Party (PAP) wants women to discuss their aspirations and their perspectives on various issues, in conjunction with the current SGFuture public engagement sessions.

In a statement on Monday, the group said it will organise a series of dialogues led by seven women Members of Parliaments (MPs) and former PAP MP Penny Low.

The project will culminate in recommendations, which will be presented at the group's annual conference in the third quarter of this year.

Four themes deemed to be of concern to women will be covered at the dialogue sessions: leadership and social impact, employment and entrepreneurship, family and caregiving and financial wellbeing.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, who chairs the Women's Wing, said: "Women have an important role to play in building the future of Singapore and PAP Women's Wing. We believe strongly in enabling women's participation in the political discourse over a broad range of issues."

She said women's views in the four areas are key to shaping the next phase of nation-building.

For instance, how well women can balance their role in the family and the work place will affect economics and demographics, which in turn affect Singapore's future survival, she added.

Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo, who is vice-chairman of advocacy of the Women's Wing, said: "Our MPs are plugged into many aspects of society and interact with a broad spectrum of women. We felt it was timely and meaningful to collate their views on how they'd like to shape our country's future."

Mrs Teo will be coordinating the effort. The other MPs involved are Ms Foo Mee Har (West Coast GRC), Ms Sun Xueling (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC), Ms Cheng Li Hui (Tampines GRC), Ms Cheryl Chan (Fengshan), Ms Tin Pei Ling (MacPherson), Ms Joan Pereira (Tanjong Pagar GRC), Ms Rahayu Mahzam (Jurong GRC), and Ms Low, who stepped down from politics last year.