Advocate of the Year
Kirsten is a rare Singapore activist whose work extends into several issue domains. As a full-time independent journalist, she investigates and writes about issues of critical importance to Singapore that are often under-emphasised in the local mainstream media. These include minority rights, freedom of expression, civil rights, migrant worker rights, and the abolition of the death penalty. Writing eloquently and courageously, she provides thoughtful, critical, and passionate commentary on these matters, giving her readers in Singapore and abroad fresh perspectives.
Outside of journalism, Kirsten’s desire to help bring about a more equitable and just society drives her to mobilise and inspire others to action. For example, she works with law students and others on the We Believe in Second Chances campaign, calling for the abolishment of the death penalty in Singapore and building a community of support for families of death row prisoners. Their efforts played a part in persuading the Singapore authorities to review the mandatory death penalty for drug couriers.
Kirsten is an inspiration to both journalists and activists.