SHECARES@SCWO, Singapore’s first one-stop support centre for victims or survivors of online harms, is now open!Find out more
SG Her Empowerment (“SHE”) is an independent non-profit organisation, with Institution of Public Character (“IPC”) status, that strives to empower girls and women through community engagements and partnerships.
SHE engages with and listens to women and men across the community, and from all age groups and walks of life.
SHE facilitates research and gathers data to clearly frame the issues and identify needs, in order to take an evidence-backed approach to shape impactful strategies.
SHE collaborates with community stakeholders from different interest groups, civil society organisations, corporates, and the Government.
Through these efforts, SHE advocates positive change and champions a more equal society.
Inspired by the work of the Sunlight Alliance for Action to tackle online harms, especially those targeted at women and girls ("Sunlight AfA"), SHE was founded by lawyer Stefanie Yuen Thio when she saw the need for a community effort to tackle emerging new issues for women, including online harms. Her decision was rooted in the Sunlight AfA findings that online harms are an urgent issue, yet many victims do not know how to seek help and therefore do not report incidents of harm.
Stefanie, together with other members of the AfA who eventually became SHE’s founding team, decided to take on the task of combatting this growing scourge. The first key initiative was setting up of SHECARES@SCWO, a one-stop support centre for victims of online harms, focusing on girls and women.
Although SHE’s initial goal was to tackle online harms, it became clear that there were many other issues girls and women face requiring equal attention. For example, women are still severely under-represented in the C-suite and in other leadership positions in Singapore; they continue to bear the brunt of caregiving duties in the family; and they struggle to balance their school, work, and home-life commitments. The SHE team felt it had to help address these urgent challenges as well. As SHE begins its community engagement efforts to determine other areas of focus, the team also look at the findings from the 2022 White Paper on Singapore Women’s Development.
SHE’s mission is to work with the community, partner organisations, and government agencies to identify opportunities to empower girls, energise youth, and advocate positive change for the entire community.
SHE engages and listens.
Real change begins with honest conversations. We facilitate ongoing candid dialogues to identify issues impacting the advancement of girls and women.
Because this is not just a women’s issue, we take an inclusive approach to achieving our goals, and will engage women and men across the community and from all age groups and walks of life.
Discover your rights, seek help, and live without fear. We are here to help.
If you or anyone you know have been experiencing online harms, such as harassment, abusive language, revenge porn, cyberstalking, or doxxing – we are here to help. This is more common than you think, and you do not have to face the struggle alone.
SHECARES@SCWO is Singapore’s first one-stop support centre for victims or survivors of online harms, launched in collaboration with the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO). The centre provides holistic victim support and a safe space for victims and survivors, particularly girls and women, to turn to when they encounter online harms.
The centre will have a particular focus on girls and women because, while both men and women are affected by online harms, we believe that women are disproportionately targeted. This includes sexual harassment, stalking, and non-consensual intimate image sharing. Surveys have also shown that women feel less safe online and are less aware of the resources and assistance available to them.
SHECARES@SCWO provides the following services:
We want you to feel safe, so what you tell us will be kept confidential. Your personal data will be treated in accordance with the law. Please do understand that we may be legally required to make a police report if your case involves a criminal offence.
We are unfortunately unable to guarantee that there will be bilingual lawyers at all our counselling or legal clinic sessions. We encourage visitors to arrive with an English-speaking friend or family member who can translate for them.
If you are facing an emergency or are in danger, please call the Police at 999 or other 24-hour helplines for immediate help:
If you have any questions or would like to seek assistance, please reach out to us.
SHE wants you!
We are looking to collaborate with:
To share their views and be involved in our engagement sessions.
To contribute to our efforts.
To work with us on joint programmes and initiatives.
SHE LAUNCHES SINGAPORE’S FIRST ONLINE HARMS SUPPORT CENTRE
SHECARES@SCWO is a one-stop centre providing holistic victim support, including a helpline, pro bono legal assistance, counselling, and referral to Police.
Collaborations announced with partners across ecosystem: SCWO, PBSG, SHEIN, TSMP, MinLaw, Police, MCI, MSF, NAVH, and internet platforms.
SINGAPORE, 11 January 2023 – Singapore’s first one-stop support centre for victims or survivors of online harms, SHECARES@SCWO, will officially open on 19 January 2023.
Launched by non-profit SG Her Empowerment (“SHE”) in collaboration with the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (“SCWO”), the centre:
- Provides a telephone helpline, textline, pro-bono legal assistance and counselling services to support victims or survivors who have experienced harms on the internet, such as bullying, harassment, stalking and doxxing.
- Will have a particular focus on girls and women, who face different types of harms targeted at them based on their gender, such as sexual harassment, stalking, and non-consensual intimate image sharing, and feel less safe online compared to men.
- Fills in an identified gap for victims of online harms who do not know how to seek help. This builds on findings from a 2022 sensing poll by the Sunlight Alliance for Action to tackle online harms that found 61% of women in Singapore are not aware of how to seek help when they encounter online harms.
The Singapore Police Force (“Police”) will be piloting an initiative to provide support for select serious sexual assault cases by interviewing the victim on-site at SHECARES@SCWO premises.
SMS Sim Ann, Special Adviser of SHE said: “I am delighted that we have been able to act on the findings of the Sunlight AfA report to set up a one-stop support centre for victims of online harms. Online harms was also an action area in the White Paper on Singapore Women’s Development endorsed by Parliament last year. We hope those facing this issue who may not have known how to seek help previously will now be able to get a seamless and supportive experience amid often traumatic circumstances. This is an important first step towards working to further empowering girls and women in Singapore.”
Stefanie Yuen Thio, Board Chair of SHE, said: “All of us have a part to play to tackle societal issues we collectively face, be it online harms, the pay gap between men and women or skewed gender roles. SHE will work in tandem with our partners to build a stronger, safer, and more equal society for Singapore.”
The full press release, as of 11 January 2023, is available here.