Regional Beneficaries

Regional Beneficaries

20% of proceeds from SNOW and Buy To Save have contributed towards ensuring that UN Women field offices worldwide are adequately equipped to implement their programmes.

Current Beneficiaries


Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh


GOAL : 1000 S$


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Past Beneficiaries

Developed as part of a partnership with UN Women, as part of the Safe Cities Global Initiative, the Safe Cities Metro Manila (SC MM) promotes deeper understanding of the lack of security that women in the country feel as they move about in the city — using public transport, lining up in terminals, going around markets/malls, and even just walking home in their own neighborhoods. Whether due to shame or fear, women traditionally just ignore and keep silent about the various forms of sexual harassment that they experience such as catcalls, sexual innuendos, stalking or repeated harassment for their numbers, male public exposure, rubbing or groping (panghihipo) inside the MRT or jeepneys, and lascivious and indecent hollering after them.

Previous phases of Safe Cities Manila were implemented in Quezon City, the largest city in Metropolitan Manila with a total population of 3 million. Notable results include the passing of local legislation that increased penalties for sexual harassment (including verbal harassment) in public spaces – the first such legal protection the country, as well as the first-ever data on sexual harassment and sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces in the country. The results showed that over 60% or 3 in 5 women have experienced sexual harassment at least once in their life. Prevalence rose to 88% among women aged 18-24.

The second phase includes replication and scale-up of the Safe Cities Programme across the 16 other cities in Metro Manila with Quezon City as a leading champion on the evidence-based policy and programme interventions. The proposal aims to achieve two key results towards the outcomes of investments in the safety and viability of public spaces and social and cultural transformation of attitudes and behaviours:

RESULT 1: Gender-responsive budget initiatives of local government units to invest in public infrastructure to reduce the risk of sexual harassment and sexual violence against women in public spaces. A Safe Cities Workshop will be conducted for all the budget departments of the 16 cities and 1 municipality of Metro Manila on strategic allocation of the budget for improving urban safety. Coaching, assessments and good practices will also be provided to encourage government investment in women’s safety.

RESULT 2: Regional public-education campaign through mobile technology (such as Safetipin) will be implemented in at least 8 new cities in Metro Manila to increase bystander and community involvement in responding to incidents of sexual harassment of women in public spaces and improve prevention. A 2-year communications strategy to sustain behavioural change plus related advocacy materials and communication events for various media will also be developed.

The HIV outbreak, which originated from the use of contaminated needles by a private health clinician, has had a devastating effect on the community. 278 persons were infected with HIV, including 147 females. Thanks to a local health centre that is providing antiretrovial drug to 223 HIV-infected people, including132 women, the situation in Roka remains quite stable since the beginning of the HIV outbreak.

One of the important gender-related concerns is that there are over 90 serodiscant couples (where one sexual partner is living with HIV while the other is not) in the community.

In early 2017, the Roka health centre became a referral hospital which includes specialist services for children living with HIV/AIDS. Since the HIV outbreak in Roka, there has been no special budget allocation from the government to support outbreak management activities in the community.

UN Women’s objective is to reach up to 300 people living with HIV (at least 50% women and girls) and approximately 1,500 members of their households, 200 youth (140 girls) to benefit from involvement with clubs and 50 members of local authorities at a commune, district and provincial level.

Donations from the 2011 and 2012 “Say No to the Oppression of Women” (SNOW) Galas helped fund the early stages of the community-based Bamboo livelihood project in Kampong Chhnang in Cambodia.

In 2015 and 2016, we renewed our support to see the project through to its completion to successfully build capacities over time for 370 women bamboo weavers and entrepreneurs and to enhance their productivity in making bamboo and to enhance their productivity in making bamboo household items for sale. Through the multiplier effect, over 1,700 people were impacted in Kampong Chhnang province, whose lives now have greater economic resilience and improved livelihoods.

Our continued support of the Kampong Chhnang Bamboo Producer Association helped ensure the project’s viability, and we were proud to fund this final phase towards sustainability for this pilot social enterprise.

This final stretch supported by SNOW 2016 focused on small enterprises run by 70 women producers in Kampong Chhnang province (Cambodia) through the provision of production skills and entrepreneur training coordinated by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs network of Women’s Development Centres (WDC). WDC’s services include organisational management and vocational skill training.

In addition, the bamboo producers build on lessons learnt from relevant NGOs to develop a viable social enterprise with the potential to scale up operations. This will invariably lead to the promotion women’s economic empowerment.

Potential multiplier effects of this final phase impact about 350 rural Cambodians who are supported by these 70 women producers. This prevents the need to migrate for work, something that can entail family separation and vulnerability to exploitation.

The Women, Peace and Security in Aceh program aims to create sustainable governance and peace in Aceh through women’s full participation in recovery and peace building. The country’s current post conflict transition is fertile ground for Aceh to create a democratic and equal society, and women are an essential component to a robust peace process – for any peace process in Aceh to be democratic and fair, it must support women and men alike.

This program will reach thousands of women at sub-district and village levels: training activities will be developed around women’s crisis centers to be built in all 23 districts, and one-stop crisis centers will also be developed at sub-district hospitals in 6 pilot sites. In addition, the The Singapore Committee for UN Women is supporting the campaign to end gender-based violence in Aceh through funding public education and research programs, as well as facilitating legislative reform.

H.O.M.E. runs shelters that provide housing and support to migrant women that have been trafficked or abused. H.O.M.E. is a registered society and charity in Singapore, and was founded in 2004 with the aim of improving the welfare and status of migrant workers in Singapore. Apart from providing shelters for victims, H.O.M.E. also provides additional services such as outreach and advocacy, free legal advice and vocational courses. H.O.M.E. has sheltered victims from Bangladesh, China, Congo, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. To learn more, visit

This regional program aims to prevent trafficking in persons, especially women and children, by addressing demand-side issues, such as social assumptions, values and norms, which ‘justify’ exploitative behaviour. In order to finally benefit potential and actual victims of trafficking, this program targets school children, the general public and decision-making bodies, to build knowledge and understanding about the prevailing norms and perceptions that generate the demand for trafficked persons, as well as to promote and pilot programs in educational institutions that interrogate and provide intervening alternatives to the behaviours generating demand.

One of the main beneficiaries of the SNOW Benefit 2007 is the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center. The CWCC provides crisis intervention services including rescuing, sheltering and counselling those affected by violence. It also offers medical and legal assistance, literacy and vocational training and education scholarships to impoverished women and girls. To learn more about the CWCC, please click on this link to watch a 4 minutes video of our visit to the CWCC in September 2007.

The Singapore Committee for UN Women collaborated with Yayasan Mitra Kesehatan dan Kemanusiaan (YMKK) and Action for Aids (AFA) Singapore to work together on an anti-trafficking initiative in the Asian region. The Singapore Committee for UN Women is particularly interested to address the health and empowerment issues of migrant and trafficked women workers in the industrial and sex sectors of Batam, Indonesia.

The UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) was established by General Assembly resolution 50/166 in 1996 and is managed by UNIFEM) on behalf of the UN system. The UN Trust Fund is the only multilateral grant-making mechanism that supports local, national and regional efforts to end violence against women and girls. Since it began operations in 1997, the UN Trust Fund has distributed more than US million to 291 initiatives in 119 countries and territories. For more information, visit UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.

Women in Asia need to develop sustainable livelihoods in an increasingly competitive global economy. This is particularly true in rural communities that have been marginalized by economic growth in the urban centres. Apart from leaving their homes as labour migrants in search of jobs as factory, domestic or sex workers, rural women have limited ways of earning income.

In partnership with ENGENDER, PrimeTime, SIF and UNIFEM Bangkok, the Laos Woven Dreams Project aims to tackle the issue of economic empowerment of women in poor villages in Laos. The project will empower women along the entire stage of weaving – from the designing and dyeing of materials all the way to marketing the end product. Money raised in Singapore will be directed particularly to three aspects – scholarships for women to attend weaving classes, Laotian hand-woven textile curriculum development and marketing brochure for Laotian hand-woven textiles.

The project initiated and managed by the Nepali Bhotia Education Centre conducted teacher training programs for female secondary school graduates in remote Nepali villages. The aim was to help these women become effective teachers and community development activists.

The project supported five women aged 18-25 through the process of training on health education, nursing and mid-wifery in Mae Sot, Thailand.

The project targeted thirty families in three camps. Two pigs were provided per family (total 60 pigs). The aim was to sustain production for the initial families involved and raise enough income to extend the project to more families.

This project aimed at helping families pay the schooling expenditure for their children (especially girls). Thus far we have sponsored 866 children.

The project sought to provide financial assistance for a teacher and nutritional supplements for twenty orphans belonging to ethnic minority tribes located in Sao Mai, Pleiku, central Highlands, Vietnam.

The objective of the project was to provide young Vietnamese girls their rights to formal education. Year long scholarships were provided for young girls located in Ho Chi Min City and suburban Vietnam.

This project focused on providing a group of Vietnamese girls access to learning the marketable skills of tailoring and embroidery. This in turn prevented them from being lured into prostitution or other means of employment that could endanger their health and integrity.