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The progress of women's movement in Singapore lays weights on civil organizations.  Women’s movement here had a considerable stride with the foundation of The Singapore Council of Women (SCW) in 1952.  In 1960, another significant milestone for women in Singapore is the enforcement of the Women's Charter. It protected women with the provisions such as enforcing marriage and divorce laws in 1961. Later, SCW deregistered in 1971 and the Singapore Association of Women Lawyers (SAWL) was registered to the advancement of women and children, and advocated for the equal professional, business and educational opportunities for women in 1974.  Then, National Council of Women (NCW) founded in 1975 played a role as "the voice of Singapore women".  In 1980, the Singapore Council of Women Organization (SCWO) was established as a national body of the integration of women's organizations in Singapore.

         SCWO aims at coordinating various women's organizations, clubs, committees, groups and women leaders into a national movement to fulfill their objectives.  These objectives are as the follows: the coordination and action as a federation for women's organizations, and incorporation of all women leaders; the improvement of women’s status in all areas, especially in education, economics, social welfare and community involvement, culture and sports; the function as an information center which also offer studies, research and training programmes for the benefit of women; the provision of a forum for exchanging opinions about gender issues; the cultivation of friendly relationships, goodwill and understanding amongst women from diverse background; the protection of women’s rights through legislation if necessary; active participation with other organizations. Further details are available at http://www.scwo.org.sg/tem/committe.html
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