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ACWO Masterclass 2020

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The Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation (SCWO) organised the ASEAN Confederation of Women’s Organisations (ACWO) Masterclass, a 1½ day virtual masterclass, on 16 and 17 September 2020. The ACWO Masterclass 2020 is based on the ACWO Vision 2025 Statement and it reflects ACWO determination and commitment to work with women across all ASEAN Member States to bring the ASEAN Community Vision for 2025 into reality.

The 3 topics covered in the Masterclass – Advancing ASEAN Smart Nation Cities, Enhancing Quality of Women’s Lives in Ageing, and Women and Entrepreneurship have been chosen by the ACWO Members as the shared vision and goals that ACWO strive to work in concerted effort to provide an enabling environment for women and for the advancement of women in ASEAN.

Dr June Goh, President of ACWO, and Mr Richard Tan, Singapore Focal Point of the ASEAN Committee of Women, warmly welcomed the attendees of the Masterclass and emphasised on the pivotal role each and everyone in ACWO has in advocating for the women from all segments of society in ASEAN.

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We were honoured to have the following presenters for the ACWO Masterclass 2020.

Session 1 – Advancing ASEAN Smart Nation Cities

  • Ms Anne Lochoff, Former Senior Advisor of the UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development
  • Ms Gina Romero, CEO & Co-Founder of Connected Women

This session was moderated by Ms Jacqueline Chua, Assistant Honorary Treasurer of SCWO.

Session 2 – Enhancing Quality of Women’s Lives in Ageing

  • Dr Kanwaljit Soin, practicing surgeon and Singapore’s first female Nominated Member of Parliament
  • Ms Susana Harding, Senior Director of International Longevity Centre of Singapore as presenters.

Session 3 – Women and Entrepreneurship

  • Ms Michelle Cheo, CEO of Mewah International Inc
  • Ms Winnie Chan, CEO & Founder of Bynd Artisan for the last session

The moderators for this session were Mdm Rahayu Mohamed and Ms Pek Lay Peng, Board Members of SCWO.

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The ACWO Masterclass was attended by more than 100 participants from 9 ASEAN member states. It was an enriching and fruitful event where the national coordinating body for women from 9 ASEAN countries, members of various ASEAN women organisations and representatives from the public and private sector were able to come together to discuss and raise awareness on women’s issues and to collaborate with each other to empower and advocate for women in ASEAN.

Ms Junie Foo, President of SCWO, closed the ACWO Masterclass 2020 and encouraged everyone to be vehicles of influence in their respective communities, workplaces and countries to build an empowering and inclusive society for all women, as well as to work with national governments, NGOs, and the community to make incremental leaps forward and to influence policies and ground-up initiatives to fulfil ACWO’s vision and goals for Year 2025.