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AWARE WOMENS RIGHTS GROUP CALLS GOVT TO GRANT ALL FOREIGN SPOUSES THE RIGHT TO WORK IN S'PORE

The right to family life includes the right to freely choose a spouse, regardless of factors such as nationality, income or health. Discrimination against lower-income foreign wives also disadvantages their children, harming social mobility. There are reasons to limit overall immigration, but forming a family with a citizen is one of the clearest and most significant signs of belonging.

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AWARE S'PORE: WHY ARE HARDWORKING WOMEN MP NOT PROMOTED TO FULL MINISTER?

Responding to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's latest cabinet line-up, AWARE, Singapore’s leading gender equality advocacy group expressed dismay at the lack of female representation among Cabinet Ministers. AWARE chided the lack of women promotion to full Ministers while new male candidates like Ng Chee Meng and Ong Ye Kung were parachuted into Acting Minister position.

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WHY ARE THERE NO HOT FEMINISTS IN AWARE?

I really don't understand feminists in AWARE sometimes. Never mind that their basic idea is that "Since no man will love me, I will hate everyone." When men talk about being kind to women, they will scold. They will say men look down on the women. When men don't treat them nice, they also will scold, say men are chauvinist and b**tards. When people bochup them, they will rant and rail and scream inequality and try to make issue out of everything, like last time our Army Song "Purple Light". They say that song promote violence against women because of the lyrics. SMLJ!?

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SINGAPORE RUNNING OUT OF TAMPONS

The Tampax brand is running low in stocks in supermarkets and pharmacies in Singapore due to shipment delays from the United States where port workers went on strike. The labour dispute by the US West Coast port authority caused disruption in international shipments.

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WOMEN RIGHTS GROUP AWARE APPLAUDS BREAKTHROUGH BUDGET SPEECH

The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) applauds the emphasis on redistributive policies in the breakthrough Budget speech delivered by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam today. The DPM’s statement included a welcome commitment to the government’s redistributive role * with increased assistance for low *income groups supported by taxation of the top 5% earners.

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GAYS WHO WANT SECTION 377A REPEALED CAN WAIT LONG LONG

There is no point in contesting any of this, guys, straight or otherwise. We’ve got a long way to go before we even reach AWAREness standards. But for gay men, how about taking it one step at a time? Challenge the mandatory jail time on 377A. Get it knocked down to a fine per time. You see, it adds up. Take it as a tax for making the government tlose potential GST-paying, CPF contributing citizens.

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FEMALE-ONLY TOWN IN BRAZIL IS DESPERATELY SEEKING MALE PARTNERS

The all-female town, home to about 600 residents, is quite the revolutionary idea. Although some of the women are married, their husbands and sons live elsewhere during the work week. The men follow their wives’ rules and only return on weekends. The women manage every aspect of the town, including its agricultural system. Residents say the town’s only downside is the difficulty in finding a boyfriend or husband. They’re interested in inviting men to the town, but only if they understand the guidelines and lifestyle.

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UNFAIR THAT WOMEN WANT EQUAL RIGHTS BUT AREN'T REQUIRED TO SERVE NS

While the recently released Institute of Policy Studies survey reveals ambivalence over whether National Service (NS) should be obligatory for women, my stand on the matter is unequivocal: Yes, it should. In a TODAY commentary last week, Mr Ho Shu Huang made an eloquent case for increasing efforts to accommodate volunteerism but, again, the manifest inequality embedded in the suggestion is that women should have a choice while men don’t — which I believe to be wrong on a number of levels. It has long irked me that NS should be a “male-only” affair: A sacred institution to be preserved, unquestioned like Catholic priesthood.

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ZHAO XINYING: PROBLEM WITH GENDER-NEUTRAL LAWS

The rationale behind the law imposing a duty on men to maintain their former wives is to even out any financial inequalities between the spouses. If marriage is to be an equal cooperative partnership of efforts, then both parties should leave the marriage on equal terms. To deprive women of maintenance would be to ignore the immeasurable sacrifices they have made.

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