Civil society activism recognised: efforts still needed amid new challenges

There are few occasions where the recipient of an award can watch as their trophy looks back at them. But now, multiple tiny eyes will be staring down the team at The Online Citizen from wherever they place the trophy for Civil Society Advocate Organisation of the Year in their office.

Dana Lam, who designed the trophies for the recent Singapore Advocacy Awards (SAA), explained the upside-down ‘A’ covered in hundreds of tiny, but intricately placed, googly-eyes as representative of the bizarre, and often self-reflective, nature of an activist’s work.

The award ceremony, which took place at 10sq in Orchard Central Friday last week, celebrated those who have been involved in Singapore’s civil society. The awards were handed out to those who have worked tirelessly for their cause; in fact, architectural historian Dr Imran bin Tajudeen, named Most Promising New Civil Society Advocate of the Year, was not even able to collect his award personally as he was still out doing fieldwork. Only in its second year, organisers kept the awards as a low-key occasion….

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