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Women In Singapore Politics
Traditionally, women in Singapore played a small role in the country's political scene. Since 1984, Singapore has seen an increase in female representation as more women chose to run for political office. Notable female politicians include the two former ministers: former Acting Minister for Community Development Seet Ai Mee and former Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Hwee Hua; Minister of State Yu-Foo Yee Shoon; and Amy Khor Lean Suan, a district mayor. Several women also became Nominated members of parliament, representing a range of societal interests such as women's groups and conservation groups. On 1 October 2015, Grace Fu was appointed the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth. History of women in politics Early years Unlike other countries, like the United Kingdom and the United States, Singapore practised universal suffrage since democratic elections began. The first women representatives in the Legislative Council reflected English-educated and mid ...
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Women In Singapore
Women in Singapore, particularly those who have joined Singapore's workforce, are faced with balancing their traditional and modern-day roles in Singaporean society and economy. According to the book ''The Three Paradoxes: Working Women in Singapore'' written by Jean Lee S.K., Kathleen Campbell, and Audrey Chia, there are "three paradoxes" confronting and challenging the career women of Singapore. Firstly, Singapore's society expects women to become creative and prolific corporate workers who are also expected to play the role of traditional women in the household, particularly as wife and mother. Secondly, Singaporean women are confronted by the "conflict between work and family" resulting from their becoming members of the working population. Thirdly, Singapore's female managers are still fewer in number despite their rising educational level and attainments when compared to male managers. Women's rights in Singapore Until 2007, marital rape was not legally recognized. In 2007, ...
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Aline Wong
Aline Wong (born Kan Lai Chung, in 1941) is a Singaporean sociologist and former politician. She was one of the first women Parliament members in Singapore, elected in 1984. She went on to have a career in both politics and education. In 2001, she retired from politics, but continued to be active in the community and in education. In 2015, she became the first woman in Singapore to hold the position of chancellor, working at SIM University. Biography Wong was born in Hong Kong in 1941. Wong studied sociology and worked on issues involving the way Singapore's families were changing and how women were becoming involved in different areas of culture and the economy. Wong started her academic career as a lecturer at the University of Singapore (NUS) in 1971. Wong and Vivienne Wee started the first gender studies class in Singapore at NUS in 1987. Wong became a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government in 2002. Wong became an academic adviser for SIM University (UniSIM) starti ...
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Foo Mee Har
Foo Mee Har ( zh, s=胡美霞, p=Hú Měixiá; born 1966) is a Singaporean politician and businesswoman. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), she has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Ayer Rajah–Gek Poh division of West Coast GRC since 2011. Foo made her political debut in the 2011 general election as part of a five-member PAP team contesting in West Coast GRC and won 66.6% of the vote. During the 2015 general election, Foo retained her parliamentary seat in the West Coast GRC after defeating the opposition Reform Party with 78.6% of the vote. During the 2020 general election, Foo retained her parliamentary seat in West Coast GRC again after garnering 51.68% of vote. Prior to entering politics, Foo had 30 years of corporate experience with leading international firms and has held senior leadership roles across businesses and geographies. She stepped down as Global Head of Priority & International Banking for Standard Chartered Bank ...
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Tampines Group Representation Constituency
The Tampines Group Representation Constituency is a five-member Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in the eastern region of Singapore. The GRC encompasses Tampines with five divisions: Tampines East, Tampines West, Tampines Central, Tampines North and Tampines Changkat. The current MPs are Masagos Zulkifli, Baey Yam Keng, Desmond Choo, Cheng Li Hui and Koh Poh Koon Koh Poh Koon ( zh, s=许宝琨, p=Xú Bǎokūn; born 1972) is a Singaporean politician and former colorectal surgeon who has been serving as Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment since 2022 and Senior Minister of Stat .... Town Council Tampines Town Council is operating under Tampines GRC. Members of Parliament Electoral results Elections in 2020s Elections in 2010s Elections in 2000s Elections in 1990s Elections in 1980s References2020 General Election's result
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Cheng Li Hui
Cheng Li Hui (; born 1976) is a Singaporean politician and businesswoman. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), she has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Tampines East division of Tampines GRC since 2015. Education Cheng graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She subsequently went on to complete a Master of Applied Finance degree at Macquarie University. Career Political career Prior to entering politics, Cheng had 12 years of grassroots experience, helping out with the governing People's Action Party with its Meet-the-People Sessions at the Bukit Panjang Branch. Cheng made her political debut in the 2015 general election as part of a five-member PAP team contesting in Tampines GRC and won. She was subsequently elected as the Member of Parliament A member of parliament (MP) is the representative in parliament of the people who live in their electoral district. In many countries with bica ...
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East Coast Group Representation Constituency
The East Coast Group Representation Constituency is a five-member Group Representation Constituency in the eastern area of Singapore. The areas of the Group Representation Constituency consists of locations such as East Coast Park, Bedok, Changi, Simei, Siglap, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Chai Chee, Changi Airport. The GRC also covers a large portion of Singapore's eastern territorial waters. The five divisions: Bedok, Siglap, Fengshan, Changi- Simei and Kampong Chai Chee. The current MPs are Heng Swee Keat, Maliki Osman, Tan Kiat How, Cheryl Chan and Jessica Tan from the People's Action Party (PAP). History East Coast GRC was formed in 1997 as a six-member Group Representation Constituency. East Coast GRC was formed with a merger of Bedok Group Representation Constituency and Eunos Group Representation Constituency. It was downsized from six members to five members following the redrawing of divisions into the Marine Parade GRC in 2006. Joo Chiat Single Member Constituen ...
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Cheryl Chan
Cheryl Chan Wei Ling ( zh, s=陈慧玲, p=Chén Huìlíng; born 1976) is a Singaporean politician and businesswoman. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), she has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Fengshan division of East Coast GRC since 2020 and previously Fengshan SMC between 2015 and 2020. Education Chan attended Singapore Chinese Girls' School and Catholic Junior College before graduating from the Nanyang Technological University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Applied Science with honours degree in materials engineering. She subsequently went on to complete a Master of Business Administration degree at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in 2004. Chan was awarded the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2016. Career Chan is currently Head of APAC Clean Hydrogen, Linde plc (Gas & Engineering). She is responsible for identifying market and technology trends in Clean Hydrogen and developing strategies for business growth for A ...
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Claire Chiang
Claire Chiang (; born 4 October 1950) is a Singaporean entrepreneur, activist and former Nominated Member of Parliament. She is the co-founder of hospitality group Banyan Tree and one of the first two women to be admitted to the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) in 1995. Chiang has advocated for issues on education and gender equality. She was inducted into the Singapore Women's Hall of Fame in 2018. Early life Chiang grew up in a two-room flat in the Little India district with her parents and five elder brothers. Her father was an accountant while her mother did various odd jobs. Her primary education consisted of morning sessions at Nan Hua Primary School and afternoon sessions at Raffles Girls' Primary School. She attended Raffles Girls' School. She was a sociology major at the University of Singapore (now the National University of Singapore), and did a programme in translation at the Sorbonne University in Paris, before returning to complete her ...
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Kanwaljit Soin
Dr Kanwaljit Soin is a consultant orthopaedic & hand surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore. Education Soin studied in Tanjong Katong Girls' School for her secondary education and Victoria School for her pre-university education, and received her MBBS Hons in 1966 when she graduated top of her class. She obtained her Master of Medicine (Surgery) in 1970 from the University of Singapore, and she is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (1970) and the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (1975). Soin was the recipient of a Colombo Plan Scholarship to train in hand surgery in Australia in 1972. Biography A founding member of Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) in 1985, Soin became the president of AWARE from 1991 to 1993. Soin was AWARE President from 1991 to 1993, and became the first female Nominated Member of Parliament of Singapore from 1992 to 1996. In 1992, she was awarded "Woman of the Year" in Singapore. In 2000 she was presented th ...
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2011 Singapore General Election
General elections were held in Singapore on 7 May 2011. President S. R. Nathan dissolved parliament on 19 April 2011 on the advice of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Voting is mandatory in Singapore and is based on the first-past-the-post system. Elections are conducted by the Elections Department, which is under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister's Office. Nomination day was held on 27 April 2011, and for the second election in a row, the PAP did not return to government on nomination day, but it did return to government on polling day. This election also marked the first and the only three-cornered fight since 2001 in Punggol East SMC before it increased to four-cornered fight on a by-election held two years later. The election was described as a "watershed election" in various forms by various parties. The ruling PAP reminded voters that the election will determine "Singapore's next generation of leaders". The Workers' Party called it a "watershed election" both for Sin ...
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Aljunied GRC
The Aljunied Group Representation Constituency is a five-member group representation constituency (GRC) in the north-eastern and eastern region of Singapore. The GRC consists of five divisions: Eunos, Bedok Reservoir-Punggol, Kaki Bukit, Serangoon and Paya Lebar. The current MPs are Pritam Singh, Sylvia Lim, Gerald Giam, Leon Perera and Muhamad Faisal Manap from the Worker's Party (WP). History Aljuined GRC consists of a large part of Hougang (excluding Hougang SMC), Paya Lebar, Serangoon Gardens, the southern half of Serangoon North as well as a portion of Bedok and a very small section of Tampines. It absorbed the Eunos and Kaki Bukit wards of Eunos GRC as well as the Punggol East and Punggol South divisions of Cheng San GRC. Aljunied GRC was formed in 1988 and won by the People's Action Party (PAP). The Workers' Party team which was led by then-WP leader Low Thia Khiang sucessfully first won the GRC from the PAP in the 2011 general election, making it the first ...
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