On 21 March 2015, SIM University (UniSIM) saw the screening of the documentary No Woman, No Cry and a panel discussion on maternal health. The event – co-organised by Sociology programme representatives in UniSIM's School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS), Soroptimist International of Singapore and One Singapore – was held in celebration of International Women's Day.
The poignant and impassioned documentary depicted the pregnancy risks faced by women globally, and the structural and cultural barriers that prevented them from obtaining the health care they needed. The panel discussion, moderated by Mr Michael Switow from One Singapore, featured Associate Professor Arul Chib, who spoke on the adoption of technology for positive development outcomes; Dr Chua Yang, who shared her experience providing free medical care to under-served communities worldwide; and Ms Bernice Wong, who described photographing and documenting under-reported segments of society.
The event presented a powerful message: reproductive health is not just about the individual, but also about the well-being of society as it encompasses issues of public health and social equality. The most successful programmes rely on social, not just infrastructural change, and require a collective effort from all sectors of society beyond the healthcare professions – from the community to policymakers.
(From left) The discussion panellists and moderator – Dr Chua Yang, Associate Professor Arul Chib, Ms Bernice Wong,
Mr Michael Switow – with Dr Theresa Devasahayam, President of Soroptimist International of Singapore;
Ms Tan Soo Yean, Head of Programme of UniSIM's Sociology programme;
and Associate Professor Genice Ngg, Dean of SASS at UniSIM.