Valerie, Karine and Christine
Women on a Mission (WOAM) is a non-profit organisation, headquartered in Singapore, which aims to raise awareness and funds for women survivors of war and to support and empower women who have been subjected to violence and abuse.
Our strategy is to organise and promote a yearly campaign and a challenging expedition - self-funded by each participant - to increase visibility, and to raise money for our chosen charities. We partner with existing well-established non-profit institutions that already have well-run programmes and structures in place dedicated to serving the underprivileged with a particular focus on women's issues.
Building on our success, our goal is to raise SGD 2 million by 2022. When women come together and are passionate about a cause, extraordinary things can happen!
We aren't getting paid to do this. Instead, we are just like you, ordinary people who want to do extraordinary things. We firmly believe we should do our part to help people in need, and as a result contribute to making this world a better place. In our hearts, we know we can make a difference, one person at a time.
WOAM Founding Partner
Business Partner, Adventurer and Philanthropist
"I am a strong believer that life is a succession of opportunities which we seize or not and these choices define our life. I have been lucky to meet deeply inspiring people and encouraged to pursue my dreams. Summiting Mount Everest was the most humbling adventure I have ever undertaken. At the top, I unfolded a message for all women fighting for their lives and dignity. At that moment I was able to combine my personal dream with a calling to help women around the world who have not been as lucky as I am. That call became WOAM. I am so grateful and impressed by what our group of passionate driven women has accomplished in the past 4 years!"
WOAM Founding Partner
Philanthropist, Adventurer, Entrepreneur and Author
"I feel extremely fortunate to have found a way to bring together my passion for trekking and adventure, with my desire to support the less fortunate and empower women via WOAM. The wonderful thing for me is to realise that because I took a chance and did something outside of my comfort zone through WOAM, my life was enriched in countless ways. It ignited talents I didn’t even know I had. I believe that everyone has a distinct mission inside him or her, one that has the capacity to inspire. Setting up WOAM has allowed me to find my 'blue flame' that intersection where passion and ability come together."
WOAM Founding Partner
Investment Banker turned Photographer and Curator
"I have the privilege of being well educated, well traveled and to have been given many opportunities in my life and careers. With this recognition comes a sense of responsibility to give back and in turn empower other women. Nothing has been more rewarding for me over the past few years than our achievements as WOAM. We challenge ourselves, physically pushing and redefining our own limits with each expedition and we work hard, as a team, putting our talents and energy to support and encourage other women on their journey towards emotional recovery and self-reliance.
Entrepreneur and Event Organiser
Putting my expertise to use to support women's causes is a great source of pride for me. Standing up to make a difference is really a matter of choice and it is the choice I made when I joined WOAM. I cannot ignore the abject poverty and suffering of millions of women who have been - and are still being - abused and mistreated around the world. I am taking action in the most stimulating way, as part of a group of high-achieving women all putting their talents and expertise towards helping others.
Early Childhood Educator and Teacher
"I never took for granted the fact that I was born and raised in a country at peace where everyone has access to a good education. My professional and personal engagements have always focused on empowering those going through challenges and hardships. I have worked extensively with special needs children and adolescents with social integration difficulties and deep psychological issues, due to abuse and mistreatment. My involvement with WOAM is the opportunity to pursue this life-long engagement and to support women who have been subject to violence and war.
Banker turned Venture Capital Investor and Adventurer
Health, safe environment for our children, clean water and regular meals – in today’s world these basic tenets of happiness are often taken for granted. Participating in WOAM expeditions brings an overwhelming sense of gratitude and impresses an urgency to help less fortunate women overcome, excel and thrive. Going through the physical and mental challenge of an expedition forges our inner strength and resourcefulness, yet we are humbled by the strength and perseverance of the people we meet living in extreme conditions. They inspire us to be kinder in our everyday lives, help those near us and look for small ways to give back. What better way to set an example for our children?
Our teamates put a wealth of professional experience at the service of WOAM. They are happy to share their career and charitable achievements with corporate and non-profit partners through inspirational talks and workshops.
MEET OUR TEAMMATES
For every campaign, we are lucky to have the support of some amazing women. Some have been part of our expeditions and events since the very beginning and are an integral part of our success while others join us whenever their life commitments allow them to do so. All of them are united by their own personal drive to make a difference in the lives of other, less privileged women. We are immensely grateful to all these wonderful friends for their invaluable contribution to WOAM's achievements.
Aline Abramczyk . Linda Conway Baigrie . Muriel Bauer . Barbara Fras . Claire Floriet . Katrine Friis Olsen . Iza-Menni Laaberki . Karine Lewkowicz . Corinna Li . Ada Lo . Enkhtur Maini . Anastasia Mytnik-Gonta . Nadège Winter . Sue Fuller-Good . Pritika Gupta . Jakki Harrison . Jenny Laing . Vittoria Zipoli . Stella Chow . Foana Fong . Ann Gacutan . Maysoune Ghobash . Celine Hivet . Veronica Landry . Sakshi Soni . Michi Calica Sotto . Marjolein Van Paridon . Candina Weston . Winnie Wong . Sarah Butler . Maggie Cooper . Tara Derakshan . Adelaida (Adel) Hassan . Iza- Menni Laaberki . Jenny Laing . Sandra Lim . Milena Nikolova . Tanya Watia . Savana Peetoom . Maida de Vega-Pierret . Mouna Aouri . Lisa Crosswhite . Jasvinder Kaur . Dr Grace Moshi . Haylena Krishnamoorthy . Sarissa Rodriguez Schwartz . Karin Majdalany . Adelene Fong . Rachel Kelly . Charmian Grove . Christine Mills . Erin Sandral . Haylena Mk . Maysoune Ghobash . Neena Ali . Alexandra Pijuna-Tinker . Corinna Lim . Selina McCole . Chin Fee Chen . Devika Tay . Linda Woodford . Neena Ali . Paige Okun . Emily Teng .Hermine Matzer van Bloois . Jacqueline Lee Detert . Michelle Martins . Jacqueline (Jackie) Wong
Women on a Mission is a Public Company Limited by Guarantee registered in Singapore under UEN: 201308270D
A Public Company Limited by Guarantee is one that carries out non-profit making activities that have some basis of national or public interest - it is essentially a non-profit structure because profits cannot be redistributed to directors - although it is different from having "charity status", which requires that an organisation run multiple charitable programmes in Singapore.
Women on a Mission's Principal Activities Under the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA) are listed as: "Charitable and Other Supporting Activities Aimed at Humanitarian Work (88992)" and incorporate activities such as volunteering, mentoring, fundraising, awareness building, and advocacy.