Bridging the Divide between Married and Unwed Mothers

A letter (“No extra perks if unwed mums adopt own children: Forum” on 25th May 2017) by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has raised pertinent views on how the Singaporean Government perceives marital status and motherhood. Recently, the MSF had granted Child Development Account (CDA) benefits[3] and Government-paid maternity leave to unwed mothers and their children – a step towards greater inclusion of diverse family structures within Singapore. Currently, all mothers have access to: MediSave grants for their newborn, infant care and childcare subsidies, and maid levy concessions. While MSF has made concerted efforts to provide all children with healthcare subsidies and benefits, there remains a disparity in the treatment between married mothers and unwed mothers.