Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Keen to know what Aware's plans are now

(Published - ST Forum, Online Story. April 14, 2009)

I read with interest Wong Kim Hoh's article last Friday, "Unknowns knock out veterans at Aware polls".

I noticed the names of members of the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware), namely, Jenica Chua, Alan Chin, Claire Nazar and Angela Thiang.

These are individuals who contributed to the 2007 debate in The Straits Times Forum on gays and Section 377A of the Penal Code.

They share the same position, and do not condone homosexuality.

It is difficult to speculate whether ex-co or ordinary members' identities, beliefs and other organisational affiliations might have an impact on the leadership and direction of Aware.

At the same time, we should applaud the effort and passion of the newcomers, who want to take on more responsibility and leadership in championing Aware's vision for Singapore, which is "gender equality for all".

I am interested to know what Aware's plans are now for our community.

What is its stand on minority integration and equality? For instance, will it champion the cause for social inclusion and acceptance of trans-identified women?

What is the organisation's current interpretation of "gender equality for all"? Are gender and sexual identity included under this banner?

What is Aware's position on sex education? For example, will it propose and promote a larger sex education syllabus that is relevant and empowers our youth to make responsible decisions?

I wish the organisation well.

Ho Chi Sam

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