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Title: The Evolution of Singapore's Approach to Gender-Related Policy
Authors: Shailey Hingorani
Lee Yoke Mun
Wong Ying Zhen Kimberly
Keywords: Singapore
gender equality
women's rights
electoral support
ethical and human rights obligations
universal basic education
female workforce
female electorate
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
Gender Equality Review
Issue Date: Mar-2023
Citation: Shailey Hingorani, Lee Yoke Mun, Wong Ying Zhen Kimberly (2023-03). The Evolution of Singapore's Approach to Gender-Related Policy : 1-17. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The furthering of gender equality and women's rights in Singapore since pre-independence has been driven by four main factors: economic considerations; electoral support; ethical and human rights obligations; and legal provisions. In implementing universal basic education to ensure the state’s survival, the government inadvertently levelled the playing field between boys and girls in school and enabled greater women’s participation in the workforce. Political incentives, such as a desire to secure a new female electorate’s votes, also guided the enactment of policies that improved women’s status in Singapore. Compared to these two factors, ethical and human rights considerations were a secondary concern and only came into play in recent decades.
DOI: 10.25818/6212-ps66
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