The Shirin Fozdar Annual Lecture continues to serve as a platform for students, advocates, policy-makers, businesses, institutions and the public to enter into dialogue on the challenges women face today. Since 2016, the Shirin Fozdar Programme has been honoured to host prominent speakers and thought leaders at Singapore Management University, as part of this lecture series.
Details to be released later this year.
A CELEBRATION OF OLD AGE by DR KANWALJIT SOIN
With the rising silver community becoming a national conversation topic in Singapore, this timely lecture placed the spotlight on the feminization of ageing, as well as the opportunities and benefits of changing demographics. Dr Soin shared her rich perspective on the dividends of longevity and why we should embrace old age.
Dr Kanwaljit Soin is a practicing medical specialist and was the first female Nominated Member of Parliament of Singapore. She is a founder of two organizations that uplift the status of women and the less advantaged in society: WINGS (Women’s Initiative for Ageing Successfully) and AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research). In recognition of her outstanding and selfless contributions to society, she was presented with the “Women Who Make a Difference Award” by the International Women’s Forum in Washington DC in 2000, the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from The National Committee for UNIFEM, Singapore in 2006, and inducted into the Singapore Women's Hall of Fame in 2014.
CITIES IN DEVELOPMENT: HAVE THEY DELIVERED THEIR PROMISES? by PROFESSOR LILY KONG
Throughout the world, the opportunity and appeal of cities is beset by challenges and compromises. Prof Kong shared her thoughts on the promises and shortcomings of cities in development, and ventured some suggestions as to how to address some of them.
Professor Lily Kong is President and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Sciences at the Singapore Management University. She is internationally renowned for her research on social and cultural change in Asian cities, with analyses of myriad dimensions of urbanscapes, from religious landscapes, cultural monuments, creative clusters, to urban heritage and conservation. An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor Kong has received five international fellowship awards including the Commonwealth Fellowship Award and the Fulbright Fellowship Award. She is a member of Singapore’s Public Service Commission, and Board member of A*STAR, Centre for Liveable Cities, Housing and Development Board, National Heritage Board, Singapore Art Museum, The Esplanade Co. Ltd and member of the Social Science Research Council.
AT THE FRONTLINES OF CHANGE: WOMEN WHO DARED BY DR NOELEEN HEYZER
Dr Heyzer discussed women's transformational leadership as well as some of the key gender issues and struggles of our time, highlighting some of her work on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the United Nations.
Dr Noeleen Heyzer was the first woman to serve as the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific since its founding in 1947. She was also the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Adviser for Timor-Leste, working to support peace-building, state-building, and sustainable development in fragile states. She was the first woman from outside North America to head the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) becoming its longest serving Executive Director for 13 years (October 1994–August 2007). She was a founding member of several international women’s networks and has served on numerous boards and advisory committees of international organizations. Dr Heyzer is currently Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Fellow at Singapore Management University and Visiting Distinguished Fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
Last updated on 01 Mar 2019 .