WEBINAR: Domestic Violence: Is the Workplace Part of the Solution?

WEBINAR: Domestic Violence: Is the Workplace Part of the Solution?

Venue : Zoom

Event Start Date : Wednesday 08 July 2020

Event End Date : Wednesday 08 July 2020

Event Start Time : 04:00 pm

Event End Time : 05:00 pm

Registration Start Date : Wednesday 17 June 2020

Registration End Date : Wednesday 08 July 2020


As millions of people work from home, a new outbreak is growing - domestic violence. Prolonged periods of confinement coupled with the stress of financial uncertainty builds domestic tensions. The UNFPA expects domestic violence to increase globally by 20%. In Singapore, AWARE's Women's Helpline saw a significant surge in calls related to family violence.

At a time when the home has become the workplace, it has become clearer to employers that domestic violence impacts the workplace and is a workplace issue. The productivity of workers who experience domestic violence is severely reduced. Moreover, studies show that a high proportion of domestic violence victims confide in their managers and co-workers about the situation.

Progressive workplaces (including in Singapore) have started to implement domestic violence policies, provide benefits to support people who experience domestic violence, and to train their managers and employees to support their colleagues facing this issue. ILO Convention 190 calls on workplaces to take steps to counter domestic violence.

This panel will explore the role of workplaces in supporting its employees experiencing domestic violence, including the following questions:

a)      What is domestic violence and why is it a workplace issue?

b)      What kind of policies can employers implement to support their employees who are experiencing domestic violence?

c)      How can managers and co-workers be equipped to support their colleagues who are experiencing domestic violence?



Moderator: Roslina Chai (Managing Director, Catalyse) 

A lawyer by training, Roslina is a serial entrepreneur and an innovation practitioner with over 20 years of experience spanning the corporate, entrepreneurial and public sector in New Zealand, Malaysia, China and Singapore. In the recent decade, Roslina works extensively with senior leadership teams on strategy, innovation and communication as a consultant, executive coach, and facilitator. Roslina’s commitment to equity and human rights led her to her current role at Catalyse because now more than even, she believes that the workplace has to be part of the solution to some of this century’s most pressing human rights challenges.


Panelist: Corinna Lim (Executive Director, AWARE) 

A well respected leader in Singapore’s non-profit world, Corinna’s commitment to issues such as gender-equal workplaces, workplace harassment, and domestic violence had been unwavering for more than three decades. On the basis of her leadership in these areas, Corinna was selected to interview Michelle Obama during the one evening Michelle was on stage in Singapore. Prior to AWARE, Corinna founded and ran a successful technology start up, Bizibody Technology, and practised law at Allen & Gledhill, Khattar Wong and Partners, and Koh Ong Partners.


Panelist: Giang Dang (General Manager Human Resources, Commercial at Rio Tinto)

Giang is GM Human Resources for RT Global Commercial. She has over 20 years HR Leadership, Business Partner and Specialist experience gained in multinational organisations within the Oil & Gas and Mining Sectors. She has held various global and regional HR roles, lived and worked in Vietnam, Mongolia, Australia, Canada and currently in Singapore. Giang is part of Rio Tinto global HR Senior Leadership team.

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