As part of our 20th Anniversary, The Weekly has joined hands with two brands in our bid to give back to society. And here’s our rallying cry – for you, our readers, to join us for Project: Help Anna to say “no” to violence and abuse.
Violence against women happens more often than we think. Global estimates published by WHO in 2016 indicate that about one in three (35 per cent) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
With numbers like these, it’s likely you may know someone who is being emotionally or physically abused. She could be your friend, neighbour or co-worker. Whatever your relationship to an abused woman, it is difficult to admit that someone you care about is being abused. And often, people want to help, but do not know how.
In an unprecedented display of support, The Weekly is collaborating with two brands to contribute to Project: Help Anna, and we want YOU to be part of it. Launched by the Singapore Committee for UN Women in 2006, Help Anna aims to raise awareness about the different types of violence that women of all backgrounds are exposed to by sharing narratives of true events, or stories inspired by true events. The Singapore Committee for UN Women has also helped give scholarships and vocational training to more than 200 at- risk women and girls, helping to hand back to them their confidence and self-worth.
The Weekly’s Editor-in-Chief Barbara Koh says this is in line with what the magazine is about: Enabling and empowering women. “The Weekly takes pride in providing readers with coverage on real issues that affect women, and domestic abuse is a silent topic that needs to be openly discussed so that we can create more awareness and hopefully, do our part in protecting our sisterhood.
“To commemorate our 20th Anniversary this October, we’ve taken our vision of women supporting women one step further and made it easy for readers to come together with us to fight for a cause that puts a woman’s health and safety first.”
In the next few pages, you will see how easily you can help. Whether it’s buying a pretty pendant and necklace set from Singaporean jewellery designer Carrie K.; or enjoying a meal at O’Coffee Club, you can play a part in protecting women from violence.
SHARE HOPE TO LIVE & LOVE
What you need to do: Buy The Weekly x Carrie K. pendant and necklace set at $158
Carrie K.’s pledge: 20 percent of sales from each pendant and necklace set will be donated to Help Anna
These pretty pendants carry the words and symbols of Live, Love and Hope, which The Weekly has specially chosen for this project. And Singaporean designer Carolyn Kan has personally hand scripted them in engravings on her jewellery. Wear them alone or layer them! You can buy the pieces at the Carrie K. Atelier at #02-03 National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road; as well as online at http://www.carriekrocks.com. They will be available from September 16 to November 30, 2017.
DINE FOR A CAUSE
What you need to do: Order The Weekly x O’Coffee Club Set Meal at $20
O’Coffee Club’s pledge: $2 from every set meal ordered will be donated to Help Anna
O’Coffee Club partners with The Weekly to create three set meals, at just $20 each. You’ll have a choice of mains – Baked Yakiniku Chicken Thigh, Country Pie, or Chicken Bolognaise Spaghetti (above), to be served with a drink (regular coffee, English breakfast tea or iced tea); and a half waffle ice-cream. So as you enjoy your lunch or dinner, you’ll be playing a part in helping Project: Help Anna. The Weekly x O'Coffee Club set meals will be served at all O’Coffee Club dine-in stores from September 16 to October 31, 2017. Visit http://www.ocoffeeclub.com for your nearest store.
PHOTOS: FRENCHESCAR LIM, NICKY LOH