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 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 2024. 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 travelled and 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 limits with each expedition. We work hard as a team, putting our talents and energy into supporting and encouraging 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 focused on empowering those facing challenges and hardships. I have worked extensively with special needs children and adolescents with social integration difficulties and psychological issues due to abuse and mistreatment. My involvement with WOAM is the opportunity to pursue this life-long engagement and support women subject to violence and war.
Banker turned Venture Capital Investor and Adventurer
Health, a safe environment, clean water and regular meals – in today’s world, these basic tenets of happiness are often taken for granted. Participating in WOAM expeditions brings a sense of gratitude and impresses an urgency to help less fortunate women overcome, excel and thrive. 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?
Expert business strategist, marketer, and global adviser
I am grateful to my parents for a youth filled travels and exposure to other cultures. Understanding early on in life that people live in vastly different conditions had a significant impact on my values. As a career Canadian expat, being immersed in local communities across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, has expanded my cultural awareness, shaping my passions and beliefs and my understanding of the extreme hardships women and children face. My partnership with WOAM is the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to support women in the world's most challenged communities. Our actions speak louder than words, and every effort makes a difference.
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.