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Organization: The University Women's Association of Singapore (UWAS)
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

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OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

The limited pool of human resources and lack of funding.

Lack of organized information and research on facts regarding the position of those in need, especially women with regard to poverty, AIDS and domestic violence.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

Although only nine years old and with a small membership UWAS has undertaken a number of initiatives.

* Published a high quality, full-colour, classically designed hardcover book of quotable quotes of truth and wisdom from selected women in Singapore and Asean titled "Women's Inspirations".

* Under the heading Project 2050 published a book "Women's Future: World Future" that includes the visions for the future from 500 women from all walks of life from 90 countries. áIt includes 200 full-colour pages of text and pictures depicting the rich cultures of multi-ethnicity and multi-facets of the global village. áNet proceeds from the sale of the first 50,000 copies will be donated to UNIFEM.

* Has undertaken mentoring projects for women in Vietnam enabling Vietnamese women to connect with the modern world in terms of Information Technology and business skills.

* In collaboration with the Ministry of Community Development, and Youth and Sports UWAS is aiming to deliver a programme to a home for female, juvenile offenders to enable them to re-enter society and look for solutions other than violence and crime.

* Are seeking to work with a Family Centre that is working to keep children and teenagers in school and protect them from domestic violence.

* Has recycled discontinued first class and business class cutlery, crockery, glassware and blankets to charities in Singapore and countries in the region.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

Promoting a culture of peace and non-violence is a continuous effort, which should be a main focus in education. It is vital to start with an education that subscribes to values that promote life long learning that fosters positive communication, creative problem solving and respect.

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

Over the last five years UWAS has strengthened its local ties with the Singapore Council of Women's Organizations (SCWO). Ties have been established with the Ministry of Community Development Youth and Sports and Singapore International Federation. At a regional level UWAS has established ties with government officials in Vietnam and Cambodia as well as with UNESCO representatives in Cambodia. Internationally the proceeds of the UWAS book support UNIFEM

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

UWAS will continue to strive for a better future and position of women and to subscribe to a global culture of peace.
UWAS has been successful in obtaining funding for one person to carry out a feasibility study on the needs of women in Cambodia.

Postal address of organization

UWAS, SCWO Centre, Mail Box No. 8, 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187967

E-mail address of organization

info@uwas.org

Website address of organization

http://www.uwas.org/

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

[1] Education for a Culture of Peace

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

[2] Equality for Women

Highest priority country of action (or international)

Singapore

Second priority country of action (or international)

Regional in Vietnam and Cambodia
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