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A boost for women power

SINGAPORE - The appointments of Ms Diana Chia as president of the National Trades Union Congress and Professor Ivy Ng as chief executive of public health institution SingHealth Group - coming just weeks after a survey showed that women were under-represented in the boardrooms - were positive developments, advocates of gender equality said. And as the two women make their mark on public life, observers noted that the private sector needs to catch up. Speaking to Today, Minister of State (Community Development, Youth and Sports) Halimah Yacob described both appointments as significant and was "an opportunity for them to be role models to women and to show that as long as you are capable, you can reach the top." She reiterated that it must be recognised that Ms Chia and Prof Ng attained their positions based on merit. "They are capable and were assessed on those capabilities,...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC111212-0000061/A-...

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