Singapore’s Halimah, other Asian women leaders stress gender equality at SCMP conference

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(South Morning China Post)

  • The city state’s first woman president, the keynote speaker at the ‘Women of Our Time’ conference, warned of deepening vulnerabilities during Covid-19
  • Halimah joined the Philippines’ Delia Domingo Albert, Yum China CEO Joey Wat and others in calling for a gender-balanced society and workplaces

Countries around the world have a duty to prioritise gender equality among their policy mandates and overcome slow progress on the issue through greater “political will”, Singapore President Halimah Yacob told a South China Morning Post-sponsored conference marking International Women’s Day.

In underlining the urgency of the matter, Halimah said that women had become even more vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic because many work in hard-hit services sectors and struggle to take care of their children’s educational needs while schools and day care centres are closed.

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