41.5% of women fall victims to violence: foundation
The China PostBy Joy Lee--Nearly 42 percent of women in Taiwan have experienced violence, The Garden of Hope Foundation (GOH) announced yesterday.
January 18, 2013, 12:23 am TWN
According to the GOH, the statistics of women who have experienced violence in Taiwan is higher than what the United Nations says is the global average.
The GOH said that Taiwan should join the one-day event held by the worldwide campaign “One Billion Rising” to call for an end to violence, as well as for justice and gender equality.
An Indian student from National Tsing Hua University Madhulika Sinha said that violence against women is now a global issue. Everyone needs to understand how to respect women.
According to the GOH's statistics, nearly 90 percent of women said that their female friends have experienced violence including sexual harassment and domestic violence.
The GOH said, however, that 58.9 percent of the victims did not ask for help, which shows that the environment in Taiwan might dissuade women from seeking assistance.
The GOH's statistics also show that 46.9 percent of women fall victim to violent situations created by their spouses or partners and 34.2 percent of women experienced violence from their family members.
It is heartbreaking to know that many female victims of violence choose keep silent about their mistreatment due to their families' desire for their silence, the GOH said.
Awakening Foundation Secretary-General Shih-fang Lin (林實芳) said the GOH's statistics showed that people need to pay attention to the issue of women being treated violently.
“People are used to the existence of violence so they do not pay attention to the issue anymore,” Lin said.
Janet Hsieh (謝怡芬), a famous TV host, said “many women need awareness in order to know that there is a possibility to change their situations. Awareness would bring women courage to speak up for themselves.”
“One Billion Rising” is a global campaign initiated by playwright and activist Eve Ensler and her organization V-Day. On Feb. 14, a one-day event will be held to call for 1 billion women to join together to dance in a show of collective strength. The word “billion” refers to the 1 billion women who are survivors of abuse.
People and 13,000 organizations from 160 countries have signed up to take part in the campaign, according to the GOH. Many singers, artists, and legislators in Taiwan have also signed up to be part of the one-day event.