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Wanted: Singapore's next representative for women's rights

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) is inviting nominations to appoint a new Singapore Government Representative for women's rights.

The representative will be on the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) for a three-year term from October 2014 to October 2017.

Dr Aline Wong, Singapore's current representative, will end her term this October after serving four and a half years.

Wong initiated the first ASEAN-wide training programme for frontline social workers in the region to improve their skills in helping victims of family violence. During her term of office, she also initiated the setting up of an ASEAN Network of Social Service Agencies which is currently being considered by the 10 ASEAN Member States for implementation.

According to MSF, nominees for the appointment in this prestigious role should meet the following selection criteria. They must:

1. Be a Singapore citizen with standing among women leaders and women’s groups in Singapore

2. Have experience in dealing with women-related issues and be able to take part in international discussions and debates and to objectively defend Singapore’s position and interests on such issues.

3. Understand the history of our region, the diversity of people, cultures and political systems in ASEAN and the realities that this diversity imposes on ASEAN in all fields.

Candidates should be nominated by an organisation whose work is relevant to the ACWC.  As the ACWC is an inter-governmental body of ASEAN, its members are appointed by the respective governments of ASEAN Member States. The appointed government representative will be representing Singapore on the ACWC.

Nomination forms are available for download on the MSF website and should be submitted via fax (62588605), email (evelyn_sin@msf.gov.sg), post or hand-delivered to the Communications and International Relations Division of the Ministry of Social and Family Development by 12 noon on Monday 15 September 2014.

Alternatively, click here for the nomination form.

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