The Art of Advocacy In Singapore
edited by Constance Singam & Margaret Thomas
Advocacy is a tricky pursuit in Singapore. Your motives can be questioned, your activities monitored, and your scope for action limited. Despite the constraints, civil society activists have persisted, finding ways to pursue their cause and to try to bring about the changes they believe important for Singapore.
In 2013 a small group of civil society stalwarts set out to acknowledge the contributions of these unsung heroes. The Singapore Advocacy Awards was launched, a 3-year project that saw a total of 18 individuals and organisations being honoured.
In this book, 37 activists, many of them winners of the Awards, write about their causes and discuss the strategies shaped and lessons learnt as they practise the delicate art of advocacy in Singapore. Reflecting the nature of civil society, there is a diversity of voices. Some give a more personal account, while others describe the institutional experience of advocacy work. Some essays are short and sweet, others long and detailed. They appear ordered alphabetically by the cause.
Alex Au • Alvan Yap • Anbarasi Boopal • Avin Tan • Braema Mathi • Catherine Lim • Chan Li Shan • Cheng U Wen Lena • Cherian George • Chua Ai Lin • Claire Leow • Clement Tan • Constance Singam • Corinna Lim • Damien Chng • Deirdre Moss • Fong Hoe Fang • Ho Hua Chew • Imran bin Tajudeen • John Gee • Jolovan Wham • Kanwaljit Soin • Kirsten Han • Kok Heng Leun • Margaret Thomas • Matilda Gabrielpillai • Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib • Oliver Lim • Peter Low • Remy Choo Zheng Xi • Roy Chan • Shawn Lum • Sumita Banerjee • Tan Chong Kee • Tan Tatt Si • Terry Xu • Vanessa Ho • Veron Lau
About the Editors
Constance Singam has published Where I Was: A Memoir from the Margins and Never Leave Home Without Your Chilli Sauce. Margaret Thomas helped to republish her father’s works, Memoirs of a Migrant by Francis Thomas and The Politics of Defeat.
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Dimension: 150mm x 220mm