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U.S. playwright, Taipei mayor call for end to violence against women

U.S. playwright, Taipei mayor call for end to violence against women

Taipei, Jan. 12 (CNA) Renowned American playwright and activist Eve Ensler and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je joined a drumming and dance event in Taipei on Monday to call for an end to violence against women and girls. "Changing Taiwan begins by changing its capital. We hope to start by making Taipei a city without violence," Ko said at the event attended by women's rights representatives outside City Hall.
Ensler, who is visiting Taiwan for the first time, said she was "wildly moved and impressed" by what she saw during her short stay in the country. "I think you are leading the way for not only Asia, but for all of us in the world, to look at ways, methods, practices that honor women, cherish women," said Ensler, who is visiting Taiwan to promote her One Billion Rising global campaign and attend a meeting on Asian women's movements. The 61-year-old activist called violence against women and girls a "world epidemic" and "a central issue of our time," and she urged the Taiwanese people to join the third One Billion Rising campaign on Feb. 14. Ensler also praised Ko for participating in Sunday's event. "I think it's wonderful that the mayor is modeling a new kind of man, because we need new men to stand up with us in this struggle," she said. "Patriarchy does not just destroy women, patriarchy destroys humanity. And if we have more men who come forward to make ending violence against women their issue, their primary concern, I promise you we will end violence against women very quickly." At the event on Sunday, Ensler and Ko played drums and danced to music while chanting the slogan "One billion rising! Drum to fight violence!" alongside women's rights representatives and staff from the Garden of Hope Foundation. Ensler is best known for her play "The Vagina Monologues," which relate stories about sex, love, rape and other issues affecting women. In 2013, her nonprofit V-Day organization held the first One Billion Rising campaign -- a one-day event held on or around February 14 for women to join together to dance to raise awareness of violence against women. Statistics indicate that one in three women on the planet are beaten or raped during their lifetime. Chi Hui-jung, chief executive officer of the Garden of Hope Foundation, which organized Sunday's event, urged all Asians to participate in the One Billion Rising campaign, calling it a unique event that mobilizes people through dance, singing, drumming and poetry recitals. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-21 01:59 GMT+08:00