Shirin Fozdar was a staunch advocate of women’s rights. Of Indian origin, she arrived in Singapore in 1950 with her husband. In 1953, she was the force behind Singapore’s first girls’ club at Joo Chiat Welfare Centre teaching women English and arithmetic. She also played an important part in the formation of the Muslim Syariah court in 1958. She was elected the Honorary Secretary of the Singapore Council of Women (SCW) in April, 1952. In her role as the Honorary Secretary of SCW she also played a key role in the drafting and establishment of the Women’s Charter in 1961. In addition, her role in the Women’s movement was a pioneering effort in establishing Southeast Asia’s Baha’i community. This is Shirin Fozdar’s Honorary Secretary badge when in the National Council of Women, Singapore.

Date/Period
Late 20th century
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Object size: 5.6 x 6.3 cm
Accession No.
2014-01061
Material
Brass
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre
Credit Line
Gift of Mr.Jamshed K.Fozdar
Category
Folklife Collection