Asian civil activists to gather in Taipei for meeting
CNATAIPEI -- Activists and members of nonprofit organizations from Asian countries will participate in a forum in Taipei in October to exchange views on the development of civil movements in the Asian countries.
September 30, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
The forum, to run from Oct. 3-4, will feature speakers from Taiwan, China, Malaysia and Singapore who will speak about such issues as the rise and power of NGOs, citizens in the Internet age, social enterprises, rural development and gay rights.
Among the speakers will be Taiwanese agricultural activist Yang Ju-men, Gao Zhan, who created a Chinese bank for the poor, and Yu Fangqiang, founder of Nanjing Tianxiagong, a China-based group that seeks to eradicate discrimination based upon gender, disabilities or AIDS.
Since the 1980s, the rise of civil awareness in Taiwan has injected creativity into Taiwan's arts and cultural sectors and given rise to an open society, the Ministry of Culture, which is organizing the forum, said Sunday.
The Ministry said it hopes to bring together activists in Asia and help establish a network in which participants can communicate and assist each other in their work.
“Civil participation is the drive behind social progress,” Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai said in a statement, urging people from Taiwan, China, Malaysia and Singapore, who she said come from societies that have undergone different social and environmental developments, to engage in discussions and join forces.
The two-day forum will take place at the GIS MOTC (Ministry of Transportation and Communications) Convention Center.