07 Mar '15, 4am

Did you know Kwa Geok Choo was a pioneer advocate of Singapore woman’s rights? #womensday

Madam Kwa called for legal protection for women, supported removing gender discrimination from salaries and at the workplace, and asserted that women had an important place, not only as homemakers, but in public and political life. Many of the ideas she advocated in collaboration with other prominent PAP women’s activist at the time - Madam Chan Choy Siong, Madam Ho Puay Choo, and Madam Oh Su Chen, found their way into the landmark 1961 Woman’s Charter , which called for the practice of monogamous marriages in Singapore (unless it was part of an accepted religious practice), protected Singaporean women against physical abuse, provided them with financial protection in divorce, and gave them the right to live separately from their husbands. 5 This charter, won through the dedication of pioneer women’s activist like Madam Kwa, provides the legal basis for equality between hu...

Full article: http://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/article/remembering-...

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