As some of you might know, this coming Monday (8 March) isn’t just any Monday. It’s International Women’s Day, a day where we’ll be honouring the achievements of women worldwide – be it a social, economic, or political one!
Aside from toasting women everywhere for their achievements, International Women’s Day is also one of the most important days of the year where we seek to further raise awareness about women’s equality and fund-raise for female-focused charities.
So here are 11 charities you can support or volunteer at, to do your part for this cause!
Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support
The Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support launched in 2005 with the vision to provide support to teenagers with an unplanned pregnancy. The group was first developed as a programme under the Beyond Social Services, and eventually spun off to become an organisation on its own in 2003.
Aside from their services that aim to nurture support for teenage mothers and to provide these moms with information to aid decision-making, the Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support also has programmes to equip teenage mothers with skills such as financial literacy, and social media entrepreneurship to help them better reintegrate into the workforce after pregnancy.
On their website, you’ll find several testimonials from teenage mothers who’ve benefitted from the support provided by the Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support. From responsible decision-making to opportunities to head back to school. The testimonials written by these teenage moms have a common underlying theme – that the Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support was crucial in improving their situation and that they now lead better lives with their little ones as well!
Breast Cancer Foundation
With breast cancer being the leading cause of cancer death in Singaporean women today, the Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) is here with a mission to empower Singaporean women with the knowledge and resources on breast cancer, and eventually, end this cancer’s status as a life-threatening disease.
Beyond equipping women with the knowledge to detect breast cancer early, BCF also provides counselling services for survivors and their families. Beneficiaries will also be able to find a community of women going through similar experiences as a support in battling the disease.
Daughters of Tomorrow
Daughters of Tomorrow was established with the aim to empower women by helping them achieve financial independence and increase social mobility for women and their families.
One of the programmes include bridging underprivileged women to job opportunities through their Back to Work Support journey. Many women whom DOT calls She-Heroes, have been able to establish steady monthly incomes and attain stable job positions in the workplace through this programme.
WINGS was established in 2007 and is the only non-profit organisation in Singapore that focuses on empowering women in their later years. The organisation adopts a three-pronged approach of health, financial security and community support to help ladies age and live well.
Bond with fellow women through WINGS’ regularly organised talks, exercises classes, and group activities via their Facebook and Instagram. If you’d like to contribute to their cause, contact them at [email protected] or 6250 1012.
Hagar Impact was founded in 1994, with the aim to eradicate community violence affecting women and children. Their goal is for each individual to be a champion for change in their own lives and in the community and they have been true to their mission with an organisational model to accompany survivors through the entire journey.
From providing legal support to giving survivors a safe space to heal, and eventually empowering them by amplifying their voices – the Hagar is a charity to check out if you’re specifically looking to support women and children affected by trauma and would like to be a part of their recovery journey.
An initiative by the Singapore Council of Women Organisation (SCWO), Star Shelter first opened its doors in 1999 to provide a safe space for victims of domestic violence. Beyond the provision of meals and accommodation, Star Shelter also provides professional counselling and case management services, and one-time financial aid for victims to build up their new homes.
If you are keen to give to this cause, you can do so through a donation of everyday items or cash donations, and you may contact them through the SWCO at 6837 0611 and [email protected]. SWCO can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Aidha, Sanskrit for that to which we aspire, is a non-profit organisation that aims to increase financial literacy through education among foreign domestic workers and lower-income women. Aidha also aims to subsequently transform the lives of foreign domestic workers and lower-income women through wealth creation.
Currently, they have over 500 students enrolled in their courses that are separated into different modules focusing on investments, personal finance management, and entrepreneurship. With Aidha’s initiatives, many of their alumni have been able to break their cycle of poverty through increasing their monthly savings and 40% of the alumni have been able to start their own businesses.
Established in 1952, PPIS stands for Persatuan Pemudi Islam Singapura, or the Singapore Muslim Women’s Association. Offering family services, student care services, and early childhood education, they have over 16 centres dotted around Singapore to provide Muslim women and their families with a holistic support system. Within their family services, they also provide support to divorce, family therapy, marriage preparation, and remarriage and stepfamilies cases.
The Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) first began in 1970 by Mrs Shakuntala Bhatia as a group rallying together to serve the needy. Over the years, AWWA stood true to its mission to empower the disadvantaged to maximise their potential to lead independent and dignified lives. They serve individuals and communities across different life stages. From support for the pre-schoolers to adults with special needs to low-income communities, and the elderly, AWWA is truly the social service agency serving society.
To date, AWWA has served over 16,000 persons across life-stages, and it’s surreal to think that it all began with the effort of one lady.
Girl Guides Singapore
If you’re a fan of chocolate peppermint brownies aka the Girl Guide Brownies, you probably would have heard of Girl Guides Singapore. With the aim to develop young ladies to maximise their fullest potential, Girl Guides is more than just a co-curricular activity for young schoolgirls.
The organisation have several programmes in place for ladies at different life stages, all with the common aim to empower them and to groom them to become young leaders of society.
Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group
The topic of breastfeeding is not often talked about openly but the Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group (BMSG) is here to change that. They aim to provide breastfeeding mothers with emotional support, encouragement and companionship – after all, breastfeeding is a whole lot tougher than it looks.
Going beyond support for mothers, the organisation also seeks to increase the public’s awareness on the topic through education and outreach programmes, with the eventual goal to make breastfeeding a norm in Singapore.