Georgette Tan leads the United Women Singapore, an NGO helping women and girls to maximise their full potential and empowering them to become leaders

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Making the world safe regardless of gender and ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds is the goal of the United Women Singapore (UWS), of which Georgette Tan is president. The non-profit organisation works towards narrowing the gender equality gap through education and raising awareness, and advocating for issues such as anti-violence and women’s empowerment.

Its Girls2Pioneers programme encourages higher education, and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while the GenSafe Workplaces initiative ensures that those suffering from domestic violence and/or abuse work in a secure, supportive environment.

Tan has several other roles, including sitting on the board of the Singapore Council of Women Organisations’ BoardAgender, and the Taskforce on Family Violence (jointly led by the Ministry of Social and Family Development and the Ministry of Home Affairs). She also advises female entrepreneurs of start-up ventures and social enterprises in the region.

Previously, Tan, who graduated from the National University of Singapore, held senior communications roles in such companies as MasterCard Asia Pacific, CNBC Asia, Dow Jones Asia, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Singapore Tourism Board and Sentosa Development Corporation. She was also adjunct faculty lecturer of Organisational Communications at the Singapore Management University’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business.

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