Post-AWARE Saga

I’m sure that, by this time, most of you would be aware that the no-confidence motion has been passed, with the Old Guards being restored as the ex-co of AWARE. Although I wasn’t able to be there in person at Suntec on Saturday, I followed the entire proceedings closely via Twitter. Watching post-event videos of the EOGM, I can only imagine the level of tension and emotions that run throughout the course of the meeting.

Yes, the AWARE saga has come to an end and needless to say, I’m pleased with the outcome.

1 for equality, 0 for discrimination.

However, the end of this saga is only the beginning of the ex-co’s work now. The brand new ex-co, led by Dana Lam, and the work that they do, would be scrutinized more closely than ever, especially after their enormous surge in membership in these past few weeks. I sincerely hope that they will live up to their promises to promote gender equality for all, creating an environment for women that is pro choice and inclusive.

That aside, I think this AWARE saga is also a fantastic case study to examine the role and impact of the new media. Through virtual word-of-mouth,websites, blogs, Facebook and Twitter, the Old Guard had quickly made their side of the story heard by the online masses. By communicating and promoting awareness of their situation and challenges, they were able to garner the support of many within an extremely short period of time – such is power and dynamic nature of new media and its tools.

This saga has showcased the might of virtual communication and online communities. As much as you and I might think that this is a good development, I’m sure there are those that are kept awake at night thinking how this could work for or against them, and what steps they can take to mitigate this risk. Wait and see.


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Save AWARE

I’ve been back from Cambodia since the second week of March, but work and life, in general, as kept me away. Despite the busy schedule, I’ve kept up with news and happenings of the blogosphere. With much disgust, I’ve been closely following the developments that were unfolding in the AWARE saga thus far. I’ve read numerous articles on traditional media, dailies, blog posts and tweets.

As a woman, here’s how I feel about this:

Amazed, Disgust, Consoled

I’m thoroughly amazed – amazed at the level of deceit that has played out in this entire saga, right from the planned and callously calculated takeover, amazed at the type of comments the new exco seemed to have expressed during their hastily called-for press conference and amazed that these people are actually respected and successful professionals in their respective fields.

Next came disgust. I’m disgusted at how some people can proclaim God’s name to deploy such questionable tactics. Although I’m no formal Christian, but I have an enormous amount of respect and belief for the religion, being educated in mainly missionary schools throughout my schooling years. And I still do maintain my stand on this. The AWARE saga is not about religion, it’s about some selected group of people exercising their perceived sense of “self righteousness” to discriminate against a certain group of minorities. This is about discrimination.

Amidst all the bullshit, I’ve found solace in one thing – that I’ve seen many speak up, voicing their thoughts, their views, their opinions with regards to this issue. Of course, to be honest, most of what I’ve seen go in favor of the old guards, of which I heartily agree (if it’s already not obvious to you now). I do, however, feel a tinge of regret: Why does it take such an incident to wake us up from our apathy?

Don’t take it from us. Go, look at the information, look at what both parties (new exco and old guards) are saying, and make an informed decision about who you think best personifies what AWARE should stand for.

Remember, AWARE was formed to protect women’s rights and equality. Save it, protect it, preserve it. For more information, please read: http://www.we-are-aware.sg/

You can make a difference.

Make your choice at the EOGM on 2 May 2009. Refer to the above website for further details.

Singapore bank supports anti-gay efforts – possibly encouraging social discrimination?

I’ve always known that homosexuality is a sensitive issue in Singapore, since a large majority of the general public still might subscribe and/or adhere to more conservative traits and perceptions. Fortunately, most of these people are also broad-minded enough to accept the possibility that people might be or can be different – hence, discrimination isn’t rampant – especially amongst the younger generation.

However, I am extremely appalled and deeply disturbed to find that one of our Singapore bank seems to be supporting anti-gay efforts by a “supposedly charitable organization with religious links” to spread the Christmas cheer. Irony, i suppose, will be an understatement here.

Find the full story HERE.

Here are my questions after reading this:

To the alleged Singapore bank

  • Are you positioning yourself to be an enterprise that is associated with anti-gay sentiments?
  • As a reputable organization, are you NOT prone to check and verify the status/reputation of other organizations that you associate yourself with?
  • Are you aligning yourself to a particular religion and are you insulating that that particular religion holds certain perceptions with respect to sexual orientation?
  • If there was any mis-communication involved, why are you not stepping forward to make clarifications? Do you think that quoting a un-named spokesperson is sufficient to clarify these issues?
  • Do you recognize the fact that you can possibly be creating social discrimination on some level?

Until this issue is clarified or resolved, I would definitely stop using the alleged bank’s services and would encourage other friends to do the same.

Corporate responsibility – step up to it.