LAURA HUANG, IN HER 60S

Sin­ga­pore Rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Asean Com­mis­sion on the Pro­mo­tion and Pro­tec­tion of the Rights of Women and Chil­dren (ACWC)

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - GREAT WOMEN OF OUR TIME 2017 -

If you’re look­ing for some­one who has made it a mis­sion to give her time and en­ergy to help oth­ers, look no fur­ther. Laura, the first Sin­ga­porean woman to be ap­pointed as man­ag­ing direc­tor of an in­ter­na­tional bank in 1984, was also pres­i­dent of the Sin­ga­pore Coun­cil for Women’s Or­gan­i­sa­tions from 2010 to 2014, where she mo­ti­vated changes to the Women’s Char­ter to im­prove le­gal and sup­port sys­tems for di­vorced women and fam­i­lies. “I’ve al­ways been con­scious that I was lucky to have had sup­port­ive par­ents and ac­cess to a good ed­u­ca­tion, that shaped me ca­reer-wise and as a per­son,” she con­fesses.

“Through the var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions that I have served with, it was clear more could be done for other women and chil­dren. I felt it was my re­spon­si­bil­ity, as some­one who is able to im­prove the sit­u­a­tions of oth­ers, to play my part.” Her ap­point­ment two years ago as Sin­ga­pore’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive for women’s rights to the ASEAN Com­mis­sion on the Pro­mo­tion and Pro­tec­tion of the Rights of Women and Chil­dren (ACWC) has al­lowed her to do just that, and un­der­scores the im­por­tance her voice plays in em­pow­er­ing the women in Asia. Laura, ever the op­ti­mist, also be­lieves gen­der equal­ity can only get bet­ter from here.

Flo­ral em­broi­dered dress by Ong Shun­mugum.

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