Women MPs to help gather female views on key issues

Top row (from left): Ms Foo Mee Har, Ms Sun Xueling, Ms Cheng Li Hui, Ms Cheryl Chan. Bottom row (from left): Ms Tin Pei Ling, Ms Joan Pereira, Ms Rahayu Mahzam and Ms Penny Low.
Top row (from left): Ms Foo Mee Har, Ms Sun Xueling, Ms Cheng Li Hui, Ms Cheryl Chan. Bottom row (from left): Ms Tin Pei Ling, Ms Joan Pereira, Ms Rahayu Mahzam and Ms Penny Low.PHOTOS: ST FILE, BERITA HARIAN, THE NEW PAPER

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

In a statement yesterday, 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 end with recommendations that 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 dialogues: leadership and social impact, employment and entrepreneurship, family and caregiving and financial well-being.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, who chair's the Women's Wing, said: "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 workplace will affect economics and demographics, which, in turn, affect Singapore's future survival, she added.

Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo, 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 coordinate 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 left politics last year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2016, with the headline 'Women MPs to help gather female views on key issues'. Print Edition | Subscribe