The Republic of Singapore is a parliamentary republic and a sovereign city-state. The country is highly urbanised with little primary rainforest remaining.
Since Singapore gained independence in 1965, its economy has been growing rapidly and the country now has one of the highest GDP per capita in the world. The economy depends heavily on foreign trade. The country is a leading foreign direct investment recipient due to its status of one of the world’s freest, most competitive and most business-friendly economies. Singapore is also an important financial center. It is consistently ranked as one of the least corrupt countries in the world.
Over 40 percent of the Singaporean workforce is made up of non-Singaporeans. Live-in domestic helpers are quite common. Singapore does not have a minimum wage, and has one of the highest income inequality levels among developed countries.
Singapore is a very diverse and young country. It is multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-cultural.
The society expects women to become creative and productive corporate workers who also continue to play the role of traditional women in the household. Singapore's female managers are still fewer in number than male managers, despite their rising educational level and attainments.
The Sisters of the Good Shepherd arrived in Singapore in 1939. They opened their doors to women and girls who were troubled or abused, and they soon needed to secure larger premises. World War II disrupted their plans and the sisters went to Bahau, Malaysia. After the War they returned to Singapore and opened a home for orphans at Marymount, then a School.
Today Marymount Centre is a Good Shepherd social service organisation reaching out to children, women and families who are marginalized and facilitating reconciliation with their families.
On 2 May 2015, Good Shepherd Place was officially opened. This fine building provides community accommodation and is a centre for Good Shepherd ministry in Singapore.