Carrie Tan

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Carrie Tan Huimin
陈浍敏
Carrie Tan (cropped).jpg
Tan in 2020
Member of Parliament
for Nee Soon GRC
(Nee Soon South)
Assumed office
10 July 2020
Majority33,149 (23.80%)
Preceded byLee Bee Wah (PAP)
Personal details
Born1982[1]
Singapore
Political partyPeople's Action Party (PAP)

Carrie Tan Huimin (Chinese: 陈浍敏; pinyin: Chén Huìmǐn; born 1982)[1] is a Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), she has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Nee Soon South division of Nee Soon GRC since 2020.

Prior to joining politics, Tan founded Daughters of Tomorrow (DOT), an organisation which enables livelihoods and financial self-sufficiency for underprivileged women in Singapore.[2] She raises awareness about urban poverty in Singapore, and forges collaboration among private, public and non-profit sectors to enable social and economic mobility for vulnerable communities as part of her work with DOT.[3][4][5][6]

Tan is a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative fellow[7] and her work in women's empowerment and advocacy for collaboration was mentioned by United States President Barack Obama at a press conference during Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's visit to the White House in August 2016.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Tan was born to a taxi driver-turned-contractor father and a housewife and has a sister.[9] She had graduated from Raffles Girls’ School and later Raffles Junior College.[10] She majored in history at the National University of Singapore[10] and holds a Master of Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Career[edit]

Tan was a headhunter until 2012.[11] After a volunteering trip to South India in 2007, she founded a social enterprise, Daughters of Tomorrow, which provided skills training for underprivileged women in India.[11][12]

In 2014, Tan was featured in a CNA documentary, "A Singaporean Abroad", about her humanitarian work in India, training women from villages who were rescued from sex-trafficking in cottage industry skills.[13]

In November 2015, Tan was selected to introduce United States President Barack Obama at a Town Hall meeting in Kuala Lumpur as part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative.[7] In May 2016, she was awarded Honoree for the Children, World Peace and Human Rights category in the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award by Junior Chambers International in Singapore.[14]

Daughters Of Tomorrow[edit]

Tan founded Daughters of Tomorrow (DOT) in 2012.[2] DOT matches low income women to job opportunities, advocates for their inclusion in government policies and provides job training programs for low income women.[15][16]

DOT was awarded the Most Investment-worthy Social Enterprise by the Asian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy (ACSEP) of the National University of Singapore in 2015.[17]

Politics[edit]

Tan was fielded in the 2020 general election to contest in Nee Soon Group Representation Constituency (GRC), replacing the outgoing Member of Parliament Lee Bee Wah, on the People's Action Party's ticket against the Progress Singapore Party.[18][19] Her running mates were K. Shanmugam, Louis Ng, Faishal Ibrahim, and Derrick Goh.[19] On 11 July 2020, Tan and team were declared to be elected to represent Nee Soon GRC in the 14th Parliament of Singapore, garnering 61.9% of the valid votes.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "PARL | MP". www.parliament.gov.sg.
  2. ^ a b Womg, Kim Hoh (11 March 2018). "Ex-headhunter now empowers disadvantaged women with the ability to make a life for themselves". Straits Times. Archived from the original on 25 December 2019. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Carrie Tan, Founder of Daughters Of Tomorrow". The Asian Entrepreneur. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  4. ^ Lim, Mary. "Advocates: Carrie Tan She works so that other women can do so, too". Read-a. Archived from the original on 20 September 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  5. ^ ""Poverty has a woman's face" - Carrie Tan". The Online Citizen. The Online Citizen. Archived from the original on 7 April 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  6. ^ Lim, Janice. "Continue to be angry productively, say young panellists to other millennials fighting for causes". Today Singapore. Archived from the original on 21 January 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  7. ^ a b American Councils for International Education. "Professional Fellows Program: YSEALI Alumna Carrie Tan Introduces President Obama". YouTube. Archived from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  8. ^ "President Obama and Prime Minister Lee joint Press Conference". Obama White House Archives. White House. Archived from the original on 1 June 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  9. ^ fhossain (25 June 2020). "Singapore GE2020: Profiles of PAP's new candidates". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 20 July 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  10. ^ a b "GE 2020: Last batch of eight new faces". People's Action Party. 26 June 2020. Archived from the original on 13 July 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  11. ^ a b hermes (25 March 2020). "Singapore GE: Could charity founder be in PAP line-up at election?". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 13 July 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  12. ^ "The Light In Their Eyes | Singapore Magazine". singaporemagazine.sif.org.sg. Archived from the original on 13 July 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  13. ^ Channel News Asia. "A Singaporean Abroad". Toggle. Channel News Asia. Archived from the original on 25 December 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  14. ^ "Past Winners". JCI Singapore. Archived from the original on 13 February 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  15. ^ Daughters Of Tomorrow. "Vision & Mission". Daughters Of Tomorrow. Archived from the original on 17 January 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  16. ^ Low, Shi Ping. "Carrie Tan: How to Empower Underprivileged Women". BLLNR. Archived from the original on 12 March 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  17. ^ "Learning by Investing @ NUS Grant Presentation Event". Outside in NUS. Archived from the original on 13 February 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  18. ^ "PAP's Lee Bee Wah retiring from politics, will not run in GE2020". mothership.sg. Archived from the original on 29 June 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  19. ^ a b "GE2020: PAP team led by Shanmugam faces contest with PSP newcomers in Nee Soon GRC". CNA. Archived from the original on 13 July 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  20. ^ hermesauto (11 July 2020). "GE2020 official results: Shanmugam's PAP team retains Nee Soon GRC with 61.9 per cent of the vote". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 13 July 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by Member of Parliament for
Nee Soon GRC (Nee Soon South)

2020 – present
Incumbent