Come and celebrate Human Rights Day! – 10 Dec 2011

26 November 2011

Hello MARUAH friends!

December 10th is Human Rights Day and we’d like to invite you to join us in the celebrations!

We have invited Mr Richard Magnus, the Singapore representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). You’ll also get to hear what human rights means to our competition winners from the Human Rights Day Creative Writing and Poem Competition.

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Event report: “Occupy Wall Street” a “Fed-up movement”

26 November 2011

MARUAH organised a forum to discuss the perspectives behind why the need to “Occupy” anything, in this case Wall Street. It was a good turnout despite being “occupied by the rain”, said an enthused audience member. Held at the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO), our three esteemed speakers; Mr Leong Sze Hian, Mr Tan Jee Say and Ms Braema Mathi, moderated by Mr Dhamendra Yadav, walked us through the crisis in the US and globally.

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What’s the fuss? Why Occupy Wall Street?

9 November 2011

MARUAH has put together a public forum, as part of our focus on seeking a rights-based approach on issues that matter. The importance of such global issues should not be underestimated. As global citizens, it is our role to understand the phenomenon sparked off by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, the “Arab Spring” of 2011.

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. OWS are fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations.
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Our 3 esteemed speakers will cover various perspectives on this issue, ranging from financial to human rights perspectives.

Mr Leong Sze Hian, a Financial Service professional and expert, will be presenting the financial perspective of the Occupy Wall Street movement; as well as the Euro crisis and answer the hot question: Are banks too big to fail?

Mr Tan Jee Say, a investment banker and an ex-policymaker, will be speaking from the perspective of policy making and economics – touching on the globalised economy, Free Trade agreements and recovery of debts.

Last but not least, Ms Braema Mathi, President of MARUAH and also the chair of this discussion, will speak from a human rights perspective, introducing frameworks such as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” framework among others within her discussion.

Event details:
Date: 19th November 2011, Saturday
Time: 4pm – 5.30pm
Registration begins at 3.30pm.
Venue: Training Room 2, Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO), 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187967 (map)
Register for the event here.

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