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Gender Equality: It is about timeGender equality does not mean that women and men need to become the same or given the same treatment, especially at the workplace. What it…
23 Mar 2022
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Gender Equality: It is about time

Gender equality does not mean that women and men need to become the same or given the same treatment, especially at the workplace. What it means is that women’s and…

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Tokyo recognises same sex partnerships from November

Tokyo will start recognising same-sex partnerships from November, making it the largest city in Japan to do so. The move comes amid growing calls in Japan for equality for sexual minorities. But they still cannot get legally married. What this means is same-sex couples in the country’s most populous area will be issued certificates to…
12 May 2022 2 mins read

Health in every size: Balancing the weight of the body positivity movement

Growing up, Ms Shiying Seow struggled with body dysmorphia. She attributes it mainly to her background in ballet.  “I always felt like I had to look skinny [to be a good dancer], and that eventually manifested itself into eating disorders,” she says. “So for the most part of my formative years, I had a very…
11 Apr 2022 4 mins read

Government survey on LGBTQ+ community unavailable after only a day

With the best of intentions, the Government Feedback Unit REACH launched an online survey on Tuesday, 22 March, to get views on the recent 377A ruling by the Court of Appeal,  as well as on the quality of life of LGBTQ+ people in Singapore. Yet, within 24 hours, the site became inaccessible, leaving many to…
23 Mar 2022 3 mins read

Gender Equality: It is about time

Gender equality does not mean that women and men need to become the same or given the same treatment, especially at the workplace. What it means is that women’s and men’s rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they are born male or female. Gender parity will also mean the fairness of treatment…
23 Mar 2022 7 mins read

Unwrapped: Why 377A stays and how communities can better accept one another

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans. Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam told Parliament on Thursday (3 March) that the Government is carefully considering the best way forward on Section 377A of the Penal Code. The section criminalises sex between men but the…
3 Mar 2022 1 min read

International Women’s Day: #MeToo movement activist, Dani Pereira

Lawyer Dani Pereira experienced sexual harassment long before she even knew to call it that —  as did every single woman she studied or lived with.  “I lived in a house with three girls who were all studying to be barristers when I went to work at a law firm in London for a year.…
3 Mar 2022 5 mins read

Section 377A stays but will not be used to prosecute. So, what now?

[UPDATE 1 March 2022: We have updated the article with a response from Mr Johnson Ong, one of the appellants.] Pink Dot SG will continue advocating for the full removal of Section 377A of the Penal Code through its on-going engagement with the Government and will work with the other community groups to tackle head…
28 Feb 2022 4 mins read

Judicial caning in Singapore: Why stop at 50?

Nellie (not her real name) was 11 when she faced the unwelcome advances of her own father. ‘’He used to make inappropriate comments about my T-shirts, and skirts. But none of us bothered about them at the time, although I did feel uncomfortable hearing them. Mummy told me not to worry too much about them…
17 Feb 2022 5 mins read

When conservative will dictates creative direction

The online advertisement by Samsung Singapore was to promote its wearable tech devices. Called Listen to your Heart, it showcased the warm relationships of four couples: an ex-convict father and his daughter, a woman battling depression and her fiancée, two best friends and a mother and her cross-dressing son. The 4-minute video promotes the South…
15 Feb 2022 6 mins read

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