shows that women have been unequally represented in the political arena
in Singapore. From 1970 to 1984, there were no women parliamentarians.
This trend is even more pronounced in the opposition.
Democrats (WD), the women's wing of the SDP, are looking to change that. One of the major
goals of the WD is to identify and facilitate the development of women
leaders in the Party. Since the 2011 general elections, the SDP has
seen a jump in the number of women members and several have been
actively organising the party's activities.
Singapore Democrats believe that women play a crucial role in politics
and policy-making. Traditionally this has been under-appreciated, hence
the lopsidedness in the opportunities available for them in parliamentary
Women also help in bringing about
stability and peace in the world. The most obvious example is Aung San
Suu Kyi who has prevailed in her decades-long battle with the Burmese
military junta. German Chancellor Angela Merkel provides strong
leadership in Europe which is undergoing an economic and financial
crisis. Over in the US, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been a
strong and rationale voice for American foreign policy.
much room for development for women in Singapore's politics and
especially in the SDP. Our women leaders have also been active in the
region participating in several women caucuses organised by the Council
of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) of which the SDP is a member. The WD also organises workshops and seminars on
various topics like women's health issues, leadership development and
Currently, WD members are actively
involved in the party's Policy, Community Services, Fund-raising, and
Training & Develoment Units. As the SDP continues to expand, the WD to play a greater role in shaping the party's future.
the group is Ms Chee Siok Chin, a member of the party's Central
Executive Committee, who commented: "The WD looks forward to playing a
leading role in the SDP not only in advocating women's issues but also
championing democratic freedoms, justice, political rights of