Salon: Undressing Feminism

By January 2, 2019 No Comments
“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
–– Audre Lorde in Sister Outsider

After delivering an impassioned clarion call for gender equality in a UN Women campaign HeForShe, Emma Watson exposed part of her breasts in a Vanity Fair photoshoot. Was she sexualising herself? Or does feminism mean giving women the right to make decisions about their own bodies? In parts of India, women are rounded up and sold like cattle into sex slavery, Yazidi girls are promised to ISIS fighters, ride-sharing can still be worrisome for female passengers, and sexual harassment still exists in the workplace. Yet, we have witnessed that when women stand up for each other, silent cries are heard. We need to harness the power of the individual voice and stand united as a collective.

An evening performance you don’t want to miss, featuring:

Sukki Singapora is a burlesque artist and activist. She became the first woman to legally perform burlesque in Singapore in January 2015, after 4 years of campaigning. Her fans include Cherie Blair, Bill Gates, and the Buckingham Palace. Sukki was shortlisted for the UN’s HeForShe Awards, and is a global ambassador for The Sharan Project.

Eilidh McRae is a professional harpist. She has performed with Sir Paul McCartney, Andrea Bocelli, Travis, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to Singapore she has performed with the Singapore Lyric Opera and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Her esteemed audience includes the Thai and British Royal Families.

Melissa Chan is professionally trained as a mezzo-soprano, gracing the international stages including New York and Venice. She produced and performed sold-out shows of New York State of Mind in Kuala Lumpur, and most recently sang at The Arts House in Singapore. Melissa is on the board of OperaViva, an Asian opera company that envisions to engage audiences in the region.

DJ Aldrin is the Director of Music at 1880, responsible for the addictive beats and curated playlists in our spaces. For 17 years he was the music ambassador of Zouk, Singapore’s most iconic club and nightspot. DJ Aldrin has taken his sounds globally, enthralling Pacha (Ibiza), Ministry of Sound (London), Womb (Tokyo), Ceilo (New York), and Ellui (Seoul).

Salon Panel

Corinna Lim is the Executive Director of AWARE Singapore. She worked with the Ministry of Law on the Protection of Harassment Act, and has had extensive experience advising organisations on managing workplace harassment.

Lurata Lyon is a survivor of the former Yugoslavian conflict, kidnap, rape, and abuse. Today, she travels the world with her unbelievably true story and book The Devil Couldn’t Break Me to inspire and empower.

Sukki Singapora became the first woman to legally perform burlesque in Singapore, after 4 years of campaigning. She was shortlisted for the UN’s HeForShe Awards, and is a global ambassador for The Sharan Project.

Matthew Spacie is the Founder of Magic Bus India Foundation, an organisation that mentors some of India’s poorest and youngest from education to livelihood. Matthew has been elected an Ashoka Fellow and a TED Fellow.

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