You're my Shero! Send in your story of a woman hero
25 November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Singapore Committee for UN Women has decided to celebrate female power through a "Shero" photo contest. Nominate an inspiring woman and share her story with the world!
On 25 November, women from all the over the world will come together on the day to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
In conjunction with this international event, the Singapore Committee for UN Women is running Sheroes – a photo competition celebrating the female heroes in our lives.
Sheroes focuses on glorifying “the strength and inherent power in every woman”, as opposed to highlighting the vulnerability and helplessness of female victims.
To take part in this competition, any Singaporean resident over the age of 13 can submit a picture of their ‘Shero’ via this Singapore Committee for UN Women Facebook link.
Each entry should have a brief description of who the person is and why she is your Shero. For those who’d like to vote, just click this link to view the entries.
Entry submissions and voting will close at midnight the 25th November, Singapore time.
We had a peek at the entries– they are truly inspiriting portraits of incredibly dynamic and strong women some of us call our ‘Sheroes’! Here are a few heart-warming images we found:
Women of Singapore, let’s not tolerate violence against us in any form. Be inspired by your ‘sheroes’ – spread awareness about violence against women in your social circles and let’s come together to put a stop to this terrible form of violence – right now!
About violence against women in Singapore
Violence against women in any form – mental, verbal or physical – is abhorrent. But it still continues to happen every day, all over the world…including right here in Singapore.
The rate of lifetime violence against women in Singapore is 9.2 per cent, according to the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation 2013 country report.
That’s approximately 2 in every 20 women being assaulted in one form or another. And that’s only based on the reported cases.
In truth, half the battle is getting the victimised women to come forward and report any abuse to the authorities. But all too often, they are scared to do this for a variety of reasons.
Because of this reluctance to report, the true figures related to violence against women are probably much higher than the officially reported figure.
There is a solution to this problem – it’s called ‘creating awareness’.
By raising as much awareness as possible about violence against women, hopefully women will feel empowered enough to find their voices and speak about any kind of violence against them.