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About Shirin Fozdar Programme

SFP mission

To serve as a platform to connect students, advocates, policy-makers, businesses, institutions and the public to foster a resilient community and nurture integrated perspectives in women’s development.

SFP ethos

RESILIENCE in community

INCLUSIVENESS at all levels

CONNECTIVITY to the world

ENGAGEMENT for women

The Shirin Fozdar Programme (SFP) is an independent charitable trust fund initiated by the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) in 1993. It is a commemoration of Mdm Shirin Fozdar, an outstanding Singaporean woman who contributed vitally to the cause of women’s rights in Singapore. In 2009, Singapore Management University (SMU) received custodianship of the Fund, which has since supported numerous awards, grants, projects, conferences, and lectures. The SFP has given close to S$1 million to over 50 projects and some 40 social service organisations in Singapore and ASEAN. It has also contributed to NGO capacity-building work in countries as far away as India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Kenya. Broadly, these programmes seek to further the objective of the SFP in areas such as providing education, training and capacity building opportunities in fields that are beneficial to women, particularly to those who are disadvantaged.

The Fund advisors will continue to raise funds to support the ongoing and new projects by striking strategic alliances with different groups in the community committed to develop women's full potential.

  • To equip women and families in need with life skills and resources to nurture a resilient community
  • To organize conferences, dialogues and research to enhance a gender perspective in national policies
  • To partner with businesses, policy makers, private and non-profit  organisations  to design collective programmes for change
  • To develop and support  community capability resources to add value to women’s developmental growth
As of August 2018, the SFP is housed at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at Singapore Management University.

SFP Logo     

The logo depicts the acronym of Shirin Fozdar - “S” and “F”, a symbol of flame.

It portrayed the continuous passion and leadership of the woman in community. Similarly, the flame is burning with strength and energy. The clean shape of the logo compliment the typeface selection. The colour Orange and Red conveys warmth and enthusiasm.

Last updated on 23 Jan 2019 .