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The Singapore Business and Professional Women’s Association (SBPWA) is a Singapore-based business organization that aims to develop a strong community of business and professional women by providing valuable international networks and purposeful enrichment. SBPWA is part of the larger global network within the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW) with affiliates in more than 95 countries.

SBPWA began in 1972 when a group of established working women came together seeking support from each other, with the aim being to help women in Singapore gain better career advancement in their professional lives. With a focus on improving the skills of the female members of society, the SBPWA wanted to empower women to help them recognize their potential and the importance of their contributions to the Singapore society. The first President of the SBPWA, Ms Caroline Lam, mooted the idea of an umbrella body to unite the many small women’s organisations that blossomed at the time to champion for women's rights. SBPWA has thus been recognised by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations (SCWO) [1] as a member since the early 1970s.

The association has 3 aims and objectives that are in line with the International Federation and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  1. To empower all women with relevant skills for 360-degree growth
  2. To provide access to valuable networks of individuals and organizations regionally and globally
  3. To promote worldwide friendship in a community of like-minded women
The Executive Committee is appointed on a yearly basis and comprises volunteers who are eager and willing to work towards these goals. Come meet us at one of our regular networking events. We always look forward to welcoming new members. Find out more about joining SBPWA at our membership page.