Finally, a woman Cabinet minister is given her own ministry to run. Grace Fu, the only woman in the Cabinet, becomes Minister for Culture, Community and Youth. And she is also named Leader of the House, the first woman to hold that position in Parliament.
Dr Aline Wong is named Chancellor of UniSIM, making her Singapore’s first female university chancellor.
The Singapore Armed Forces gets its first female general when Gan Siow Huang is one of seven Colonels promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General/Rear-Admiral (1-star).
The Protection from Harassment Act comes into effect in November, and stalking, cyber bullying and workplace harassment become illegal.
With a clear definition of trafficking in persons, the new law aims to prevent the practice of trafficking. Critics say it does not sufficiently protect victims.
AWARE replaces its Sexual Assault Befrienders Service with the Sexual Assault Care Centre, where victims can drop in and get free and immediate advice and holistic support.