On 6 March 2021, MENDAKI Club launched the Young Women in Leadership Dialogue (YWILD) Commemorative Book at WeWork Funan with Guest-of-Honour, H.E. Mdm President Halimah Yaacob. In conjunction with International Women’s Day, the book titled Unprecedented: To the Beat of Her Own Drum, is an anthology of 20 young Malay/Muslim women who have exemplified Courage, Commitment, Resilience and Compassion through their trials and successes.
In her speech, President Halimah higjlighted the need to change the biased mindset surrounding women in today’s context. She also shared the importanace of how the full commitment of the community is need to effect any change.
The Commemorative Book shares the stories of 20 young malay/muslim women from various background, who overcame their life challenges and celebrated successes in their own ways through their lives. One of them is Ms Siti who stepped up as the eldest sister in the family by providing for her siblings, even though it meant that she had to stop schooling. She returned back to her studies at ITE later on and successfully emerged as a valedictorian in 2019. Ms Siti will be begin her work as a registered nurse at KKH, having pursued a diploma in nursing with Nanyang Polytechnic.
In a year celebrating all SG Women, their stories are a rallying call for each young woman of every race, religion, background, to strive to be the best version of herself. Proceeds from the sale of the book goes to Casa Raudha, a shelter that supports victims of domestic violence.