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[Fireside Chat] On Resilience and Being A Survivor

With its endless challenges and uncertainties, the Caregiving journey is not unlike trying to reach the North Pole on skis.

Join us for our very first Fireside Chat, where our Head of Operations and Programmes, Eirliani Abdul Rahman will share her experience of battling bone-chilling temperatures and gale force winds in the wilderness in her attempt to be the first Singaporean to ski the last degree to the North Pole. Be engaged and inspired by her story of survival in the face of adversity and how she recovered from the disturbing setbacks in her early life.

Eirliani will speak about the power of resilience while being away from civilisation and what being a survivor of child sexual abuse has taught her.

This is part of CAL’s engagement to empowerment (E2E) programme in which we seek to Engage more, Equip more and Empower more, helping caregivers to achieve a higher level of well-being and resilience.

Photo credit: Erik Boomer

Speaker Background

Eirliani worked with UNICEF UK on the issue of PTSD and the Rwandan genocide, and with Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi from 2015 to 2020 in his offices in Delhi and DC, USA on the issues of child sex trafficking and child labour. In 2017, she co-wrote “Survivors: Breaking the Silence on Child Sexual Abuse” with Associate Prof Daniel Fung, currently CEO of IMH. The book is in its 3rd print run. She also contributed a case study on child marriage and trafficking to the medical textbook “Essentials of Global Health”, published in 2018. The book won first prize under the Public Health category in the 2019 British Medical Association book awards. She is certified in ASIST and Mental Health First Aid, both of which she obtained in the US. While residing in Colorado, she volunteered in suicide intervention at a local hospital. She has spoken at the House of Lords (Parliament) in London, the NYU Steinhardt in NYC, Yale-NUS College in Singapore, the University of the Philippines and Concordia University in Montreal, among others.


Date: 17 March 2021, Wednesday

Time: 7:00pm – 8:15pm, including Q&A session

Venue: Online via Zoom.

Details will be emailed to all participants by 12 March 2021, Friday.

Speaker: Ms Eirliani Abdul Rahman Head of Operations & Programmes

Caregivers Alliance Limited

Registration URL: Registration is now closed.

We welcome everyone to join us for the online chat session.


Post Event Update

Our inaugural virtual Fireside Chat on 17 March 2021 saw 56 enthusiastic participants, mostly caregivers, who were joined by a few members of the public. Our speaker, Eirliani Abdul Rahman (Lin), CAL’s Head of Operations and Programmes spoke on the importance of resilience in her attempt to be the first Singaporean to ski the last degree to the North Pole, as well as on her recovery as an abuse survivor.

The participants were enthralled by Lin’s sharing and curious about her unique experience. One particularly valuable takeaway for the attendees were the tips that Lin used to build her mental resilience as a survivor, such as building a strong and caring support network among family and friends; accepting that change is a normal part of life; and remembering your goals and doing one thing every day to come closer to it.


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