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30 MAR 2021  |  ISSUE 342

Dear Members and Friends

United Women Singapore (UWS) is a local, non-profit organisation with IPC status. It aims to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality to build a pipeline of women leaders and influencers in Singapore.

Domestic violence is endemic everywhere and there has been much discussion that the rate of domestic violence has increased all over the world due to working from home and circuit breakers here and lockdowns elsewhere.

UWS is developing a free handbook for companies to help them create their own domestic violence workplace policy and is looking for feedback and suggestions. For example, do you know how to spot the signs that someone is either being abused or abusing others? Do you know what to do when you identify an abuser or someone who is being abused?

The UWS draft handbook has been created in consultation with members of the Association of Corporate Counsels and representatives from the Social Services sector.

SICC strongly supports this cause because we believe in equality and we denounce all forms of bullying and violence wherever they take place. This is not a naïve “world peace” stance but a hardheaded commercial one. It makes sense for leaders to focus on how a workplace can both impact domestic violence and help address it. Keeping employees safe, healthy and well contributes significantly to the success of every business. The workplace can be a lifeline for survivors and for perpetrators of domestic violence offering them an opportunity to get help.

We invite business leaders to provide their input and perspectives on the draft handbook. Please send your comments and suggestions either to my colleague for consolidation or to UWS direct. Click here to download the draft handbook.

We will be bringing you a UWS GenSafe Foundational Workshop soon. Keep a lookout for it.

With best regards.

Yours faithfully
Victor Mills
Chief Executive
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