Inaugurated in 2005, our annual gala dinner, SNOW (Say No to the Oppression of Women), is Singapore Committee for UN Women’s highly anticipated fundraising event. It is held annually in support of women and girls’ empowerment in Singapore and in the region.
Each SNOW gala sees Singapore’s deeply engaged, passionate and socially-conscious executives, entrepreneurs and philanthropists come together for an evening of glamour, gastronomy and goodwill.
In line with our 20th anniversary and theme for the year ‘Gamechangers’, we will celebrate the game-changing moments, milestones and people that are shaping us, Singapore and the region.
With your support, we invite you to help us fight adversity and prejudice and be part of a global movement where everybody has an important part to play in achieving gender equality.
80% of net proceeds will help fund our local projects.
2017 REGIONAL BENEFICIARIES
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).