SINGAPORE: Members of Parliament (MP) on Thursday (Feb 25) discussed issues involving women, youths, sustainability and Singapore's fiscal position on the second day of the Budget 2021 debate. In particular, they suggested how to better support women, hear youth voices, preserve parks and forests, and balance Singapore's coffers, as the Government looks to revive its economy amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. READ: Day 1 of Budget 2021 debate: 5 key themes The Government has already spent nearly S$100 billion in five Budgets over the last financial year to help Singapore cushion the impact of COVID-19, racking up a deficit of S$64.9 billion or 13.9 per cent of GDP, its largest since independence. Minister of State for Social and Family Development Sun Xueling (PAP-Punggol West) said on Thursday that COVID-19 has brought challenges to women, including increasing the stress of caregiving, financial instability or the risk of violence. SUPPORTING WOMEN While Parliamentary Secretary for Health Rahayu Mahzam (PAP-Jurong) praised this year's Budget for helping sectors with a high representation of women and addressing their immediate concerns, she acknowledged some gaps that need to be worked on. "Gender bias and stereotypes and the disparity between men and women continue to exist," she said…. Read full this story
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