BRAEMA MATHI

COUNTRY

Singapore

ORGANIZATION

TWC2 / MARUAH

CAUSE

Migrant Workers / Human Rights

In glistening city-state Singapore, it would be easy to overlook the needs of migrant workers. Even as they help to power the economy, they do not have much money, identity, or voice. However, in the world according to Braema Mathi, the founder of TWC2, these workers also have rights. She has worked tirelessly to champion their rights and to uphold their dignity.

It is not just migrant workers who get Mathi’s attention. She also cares and fights for abused women, trafficked persons, poor children, the disabled, and the elderly. Throughout her life, this serial social entrepreneur has spoken up for the disenfranchised in parliament, the media, and civil society organizations.

Her focus is advocacy, which she believes is the path towards long-lasting systemic change. A common thread of her work is human rights, a cause for which MARUAH had been created. And by far, making MARUAH work will be Mathi’s greatest challenge to date.

BRIEF FACTS


BRAEMA MATHI

1958

Born in Singapore to Ceylonese Tamil parents

1981

Obtained certificate in teaching, Institute of Education in Singapore

1991

Graduated with Bachelor of Arts, Nottingham University

1992

Post-graduate research student at the Nanyang Technological University as its first research scholar in the School Of Arts

1993

Started volunteering at AWARE

1995

Journalist, the Straits Times

1999

Wrote article, “The Comeback Kids,” which led to the setting up of the ST Pocket Money Fund 

2001

Head of Corporate Communications, Alexandra Hospital

Nominated Member of Parliament (until 2003)

2002

President, TWC2 (until 2007)

2004

Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies President, AWARE (until 2006)

2007

President, MARUAH

Rejoined the Straits Times as Senior Writer (until 2008)

2008

Regional President, the International Council of Social Welfare

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

1981

National Institute of Education Singapore’s Public Spiritedness Awards

1991

Nottingham University’s Peter and Elizabeth Marsden Prize for contribution to the University and academic competency

1999

The Straits Times’ Story of the Year (“Comeback Kids”)

2006

Singapore Indian Association’s Woman of the Year (Community Service)

2014

Singapore Advocacy Award’s Civil Society Advocate of the Year