Thursday, April 22, 2010

Youths reject gender quota at PAYM Policy Forum @ Aljunied GRC & Hougang SMC

"We shouldn't set gender quota because then we wouldn't know if women got into the position based on merit or quota," a youth participant shared, with nods from fellow participants.

The youth participant was speaking at the PAYM Policy Forum @ Aljunied GRC & Hougang SMC: "Women's Leadership Role in Today Society", held at the Giraffe Restaurant @ Istana Park on 3 April 2010.

The Guest-of-Honour is Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Finance & Transport, MP for Aljunied GRC & Adviser to Serangoon Grassroots Organisations.

Along with her are panelists: Ms Genecia Lou, South East Asia Woman of Excellence 2010, Ms United Nations Singapore 2010/2011 & Miss Singapore International 2006/2007; Ms Sophia Pang, the first Singaporean woman to reach the South Pole; Ms Merry Riana, Winner of Spirit of Enterprise and best-selling author.

The panelists shared their experience of the road to success as a woman, highlighting the strengths and disadvantages of being one. They inspired many of the participants who are mainly young working women who just stepped into society.

One of the highlights of the forum is the presentation by Ms Sophia Pang on the tedious trainings that she had to endure prior to her expedition and the obstacles she had to surpass during the process.

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