Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Lyons, LT, The Limits of Feminist Political Intervention in Singapore, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 2000, 30(1), 67-83. Journal information is available here through Taylor & Francis journals.


In recent years increasing attention has focused on the Singapore government’s new attitude towards limited public participation in civil society. The women’s rights organisation the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) is one example of a nongovernment organisation (NGO) that is directly engaged in this newly emerging ‘civic’ society. AWARE’s activities are constrained, however, by a state demand that its objectives remain overtly ‘non-political’ and reformist in character. This has led some observers to comment that as a state-defined practice, feminism in Singapore is unable to address issues of structural inequality and difference.





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