Yet, with all the odds that are stacked against single mums in Singapore, some are satisfied with the status quo.
Mrs Teo, a 53-year-old widowed mother of three for 17 years now, believes she has been incredibly fortunate in her experience as a single mother in Singapore.
Over the phone, she relays her gratitude for the loving people around her who’ve invigorated her to persevere. She also proactively reached out to support groups, like Wicare, after her husband passed on to help cope with her stressors.
She’s also thankful for Singapore’s security, not having to worry over her kids’ safety while they’re out and about.
Unlike Siti*, it seems like Mrs Teo’s experiences will be more positively reflected in her vote on Polling Day. With a strong support network she has relied on throughout single parenthood, she doesn’t fret over policies that pose challenges to her as a single mother.
“In the end,” she calmingly asserts, “I think there’s help out there, you just have to actively find it and reach out.”
For the most part, her troubles are greatly assuaged when there isn’t any upheaval. She claims that she’s more than satisfied with Singapore’s current political stability.
Interestingly, this aligns with our survey results, in which a good 50% of widowed parents indicated being pro-establishment.
Overall, what matters most to Mrs Teo is a caring, peaceful community around her. Even with the onset of a pandemic, she’s seen that Singaporeans have a lot of love to give, and that’s what keeps her going.