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    Most of you might have heard of Catherine Lim and Stella Kon; two fascinating women writers from Singapore. But is there a women-run publishing group in Singapore? Or a women's bookstore? Dr. Gloria Davies from Monash Uni whom I haven't met in real life yet sent me some contact details and here's what I found out.

    The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), a non-governmental women's organisation has been operating from Singapore since 1985. It was formed to contribute towards nation building through the removal of gender-based barriers that prevent the full development of both women and men. It promotes empowerment through public education including seminars, workshop and fora; operates a women's Helpline counselling for women in need. It usually publishes its research findings. One of its earliest publications is Singapore Women which analyzes the image of Singapore women over the years. The book also contains a list of publications by women in Singapore and a directory of women's organisations in Singapore. AWARE can be reached at:

    Another Singapore based group which has brought out some extremely relevant publications is ENGENDER. One of their recent publications is Gender, Poverty and Sustainable Development: Towards a Holistic Framework of Understanding and Action by Vivienne Wee and Noeleen Heyzer. This book looks at the issue of 'feminization of poverty' and examines why 70% of today's absolute poor are women. The authors show how economic growth and impoverishment are two sides of the same coin. ENGENDER can be contacted at:

      Centre for Environment, Gender and Development:

      14 C Trengganu Street
      Singapore 0105

      Tel: (65) 227-1439
      Fax: (65)227-7897
      Email: engender@technet.sg

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