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.
10% of net proceeds will fund UN Women Cambodia Roka Commune project and 10% of net proceeds will fund UN Women Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme.
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. 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. Yet, this issue remains largely neglected. With UN Women’s strong leadership, technical and financial support, the Safe Cities Manila Programme (Philippines) implemented in Quezon City (total population of 3 million) has led to striking results:
- The first legal framework offering protection against sexual harassment in the Phillippines through increased penalties for sexual harassment
- First-ever organised 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.
HIV Outbreak in the Roka Commune
Women’s Economic Empowerment
In December 2014, health officials announced an outbreak of HIV in the Roka Commune, Battambang Province of Cambodia. The Roka population is an impoverished community with 50% out of its 8,893 residents living under the poverty line and the other half just above it.
The HIV outbreak, which originated from the use of contaminated needles by a private health clinician, has had a devastating effect on the community. 278 persons were infected with HIV, including 147 females. Thanks to a local health centre that is providing antiretroviral drugs to 223 HIV-infected people, including 132 women, the situation in Roka remains quite stable since the beginning of the HIV outbreak.
One of the important gender-related concerns is that there are over 90 serodiscordant couples (where one sexual partner is living with HIV while the other is not) in the community.
UN Women’s objective is to reach up to 300 people living with HIV (at least 50% women and girls) and approximately 1,500 members of their households, 200 youth (140 girls) to benefit from involvement with youth clubs, and 50 members of local authorities (at commune, district and provincial level).