Singapore: Shadow Report on Discrimination against Women in Singapore Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

This shadow report was prepared by Sayoni and was submitted for consideration by the CEDAW Committee as part of its review of Singapore's compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

In its Concluding Observations to the Singapore government, the Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has stated, "despite the fact that the State party recognizes the principle of equality of all persons before the law, as enshrined in the Constitution, regardless of gender, sexual orientation and gender identity (State party’s replies to the list of issues, CEDAW/C/SGP/Q/4/Add.1, paragraph 113), there is still negative stereotyping of women belonging to this group."

The CEDAW Committee recommended that Singapore must "Put in place, without delay, a comprehensive strategy to modify or eliminate patriarchal attitudes and stereotypes that discriminate women, including those based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in conformity with the provisions of the Convention. Such measures should include efforts, in collaboration with civil society to educate and raise awareness of this subject, targeting women and men at all levels of the society."

For more about the Singapore session of CEDAW, please read Grace Poore's blog.