A new book launched on Sunday, details the attempts of 37 activists who championed causes and have campaigned for marginalised groups.
Among some of the victories of this community: Removing a ruling that the entire bodies of Aids victims must be cremated within 24 hours of dying, along with the ground-up attempts to rescue Chek Jawa, an inter-tidal habitat on Pulau Ubin, by reclamation for army use in 2002.
When the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore lacked a 24-hour hotline to report illegal wildlife trade, the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society found one of its own. Nowadays, 700 wildlife rescue cases are handled by it each month.
Within the heritage sphere, groups like All Things Bukit Brown have stuck their necks out for the retention of this 1922 cemetery.
The book also traces the growth of civil society across issues like human rights, culture and faith, health, ageing and the rights of women as well as sex workers.
It pays homage to older accomplishments, including the Singapore Council of Women’s pivotal role in bringing about the innovative Women’s Charter in 1961, which improved the socioeconomic and legal status of women and households here.
The book is obvious proof that advocacy has a place here.
It battles of activists who tried to talk up for the segments of society and also showcases the journeys.
As Nominated MP and Drama Box artistic director Kok Heng Leun, who led to the book, said, it’s the job of existing activists to encourage other Singaporeans and citizens “not just to consider themselves, but other people also”.
It’s the right time to celebrate activists.