Inaugurated in 2005, our annual gala dinner, SNOW (Say No to the Oppression of Women), is Singapore Committee for UN Women’s highly anticipated flagship fundraising event.
Each annual SNOW event sees Singapore’s deeply engaged, passionate and socially-conscious executives, entrepreneurs and philanthropists come together for an unforgettable evening of glamour, gastronomy and goodwill. And, to date the SNOW gala benefit has raised almost $3,5 million to support the critical work of Singapore Committee for UN Women in stopping oppression and violence towards women at home and abroad.
This year, we celebrate the ICONS of our time and many before us, who have paved the way towards a more fair and just society, for both women and men. There is a common feature to iconic women, which is the desire to be free, to reach new limits, to grow beyond the boxes they were confined in. The success of the feminist movement across frontiers is not dependent on the will and strength of an isolated individual; rather it can only live from the collaborative efforts of a united society. Only if we join hands in this fight, will real change happen, will society evolve and will women be finally recognised and respected as the extraordinary beings they are, across cultures, across frontiers and despite prejudices. The Singapore Committee for UN Women calls out for everyone to speak out against injustice with the aim of being part of the solution.
80% of net proceeds will help fund our local projects.
20% of net proceeds will help fund these regional projects.
SAFE CITIES AND SAFE PUBLIC SPACES
FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS IN MANILA
Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces is a universal issue. Although it remains largely neglected, it infringes upon the rights and freedoms of women and girls as equal citizens, reducing their sense of security and their access to essential educational and recreational activities.
With UN Women’s strong leadership, technical and financial support, the Safe Cities Manila Programme implemented in Quezon City (total population of 3 million)has led to striking results:
- The 1st legal protection against sexual harassment in the Philippines with increased penalties for sexual harassment
- First-ever organized data on sexual harassment and sexual violence against women and girls in public
- Advocacy videos reaching over 2 million people on social media
- 10,000 likes on Facebook
- Close to 14,000 shares
Today, the Safe Cities Manila Programme needs your help to further develop and implement similar strategies in other city-parts of Metro Manila, to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces.
KAMPONG CHHNANG BAMBOO PRODUCER ASSOCIATION
Women’s Economic Empowerment
Singapore Committee for UN Women has been supporting this project since 2011. Our continual support ensures the project’s viability and we are proud to fund this final stretch towards sustainability for this pilot social enterprise. It will focus its support on small enterprises that are run by 70 women producers in Kampong Chhnang province (Cambodia) through the provision of production skills and entrepreneur training coordinated by MoWA’s Women’s Development Center (WDC). WDC’s services have included organisational management and vocational skill training.
Potential multiplier effects will impact about 350 rural Cambodians who are supported by these women producers to equip them with greater economic resilience and an improved rural livelihood. This will prevent the need to migrate for work which can entail family separation and vulnerability to exploitation. In addition, the bamboo producer association will build on lessons learnt from relevant NGOs to develop a viable social enterprise with the potential to scale up operations. This will invariably lead to the promotion of women’s economic empowerment through the network of Women’s Development Centers supported by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and through producers supported by NGOs.
Funding is now critical and we need your help to enable a relatively young social-profit association to become a financially strong and viable entity.