Women’s Charter
(Chapter 353, Section 180(1))
Women’s Charter (Protection of Women and Girls) Rules
R 2
(15th June 1998)
[15th June 1998]
1.  These Rules may be cited as the Women’s Charter (Protection of Women and Girls) Rules.
2.  In these Rules, unless the context otherwise requires —
“Board” means a Board of Visitors appointed by the Minister under section 178 of the Act;
“Chairman” means the Chairman of the Board;
“Dental Officer” means a Dental Officer appointed under rule 57;
“Deputy Chairman” means the Deputy Chairman of the Board;
“Medical Officer” means a Medical Officer appointed under rule 55;
“superintendent” means a person appointed to be in charge of a place of safety.
Composition of Board
3.—(1)  The Board shall consist of such number of persons as the Minister may determine.
(2)  The Minister may at any time revoke the appointment of any member of the Board.
Tenure of office
4.  Every member of the Board shall hold office for a period of not more than 2 years from the date of his appointment and shall be eligible for reappointment on completion of that period unless he resigns during his period of office or unless his appointment is revoked by the Minister under rule 3(2).
Duty of Board
5.—(1)  Members of the Board shall satisfy themselves that the health, maintenance, recreation, discipline, training and education of the girls in places of safety are satisfactory and that an efficient standard is maintained throughout each place of safety but shall not be concerned with the general administrative matters of the places of safety.
(2)  Members of the Board shall send their comments and recommendations regarding the places of safety to the Director.
Visits to places of safety
6.  Not less than 2 members of the Board shall visit each place of safety in respect of which they are appointed at least once a month.
Chairman of Board
7.—(1)  The Chairman shall be appointed by the Minister from amongst the members of the Board.
(2)  The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Board.
Deputy Chairman of Board
8.—(1)  A Deputy Chairman shall be elected by the Board from amongst its members.
(2)  The Deputy Chairman may, in the absence of the Chairman, preside at meetings of the Board and when so doing shall exercise all the powers and functions of the Chairman.
Secretary to Board
9.—(1)  The Chairman shall appoint a Secretary to the Board.
(2)  The Secretary shall not be a member of the Board and shall not be entitled to vote at a meeting of the Board.
Cessation of appointment
10.  A person appointed as a member of the Board shall cease to hold such appointment —
(a)on his death, resignation or absence from Singapore for more than 3 months without the prior permission of the Minister; or
(b)if the Minister revokes the appointment.
Vacancies in Board
11.—(1)  A vacancy occurring in the Board shall be filled by a fresh appointment made by the Minister, and the person appointed to fill such vacancy shall hold office for so long as the member in whose place he is appointed would have held office.
(2)  The Board shall not be incapable of acting by reason only of there being any vacancy in the membership of the Board.
12.—(1)  The quorum at every meeting of the Board shall be half the total number of members of the Board, and shall include the Chairman or the Deputy Chairman.
(2)  No business shall be transacted or discussed at a meeting of the Board unless a quorum is present.
13.  Resolutions at any meeting of the Board shall be passed by a majority of votes and in the case of an equality of votes, the Chairman or the Deputy Chairman, presiding at the meeting, shall have a second or casting vote.
14.—(1)  Meetings of the Board shall be called by the Chairman or the Secretary of the Board as and when necessary but in any case at intervals not exceeding 3 months.
(2)  A meeting of the Board shall be called upon the requisition in writing of not less than 3 members of the Board.
(3)  At least 7 days’ notice in writing shall be given of meetings of the Board and the notice convening the meeting shall include the agenda for such meeting.
(4)  The Secretary shall keep the minutes of every meeting and a copy of the minutes shall be sent to all members of the Board as soon as possible after each meeting.
(5)  The minutes shall be confirmed at the next following meeting of the Board and when confirmed shall be signed by the Chairman, or the Deputy Chairman, presiding at that meeting.