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Women's groups mourn death of writer Shih Chi-ching

Women's groups mourn death of writer Shih Chi-ching

Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) Representatives of women's groups in Taiwan were mourning Wednesday the death of local writer Shih Chi-ching (???) and praised her contribution to the women's rights movement in the country. Chen Yi-chien, chairwoman of the Awakening Foundation, said she was shocked to hear the news and expressed her admiration for the writer, who died of a heart attack aged 68 at her home in Miaoli a day earlier. Shih made many contributions to reforms of Taiwan's divorce laws, which have historically favored men, she said. Shih was not afraid to write about her own experience of marriage and divorce and educated many Taiwanese women on how to fight for custody of their children and protect themselves under the law, said Chen Hsiu-hui, vice president of the National Alliance of Taiwan Women's Associations. Society was not as open at the time as it is now and many divorced women suffered discrimination, she said, stressing that Warm Life, the women's association that Shih founded in 1988 after her divorce, has helped many women. Chi Hui-jung, chief executive officer of the Garden of Hope Foundation, remembered Shih as a charismatic speaker and women's rights advocate. Even though she had withdrawn from the spotlight in recent years, Shih still frequently donated her book royalties and speech fees to women's groups, said Chi, who praised the late writer for turning her own struggles into strength. "I am very very sad. May she rest in peace," said opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Yu Mei-nu, a longtime friend. A longtime advocate of women's rights, Shih is known for her sharp wit and humor and for encouraging women to leave unhappy marriages. One of her most famous sayings is: "There will be affairs as long as there are marriages. Affairs and marriages co-exist. But, when facing affairs we must know what to accept and reject." She also once said that "the beauty of the body is transient. It is the most unreliable aspect of us. We can only survive in society with solid ability." Rather than put their marriages and love as the first priority, Shih advised women to love themselves and accomplish their own goals. "Whether to have an affair or not is his problem, but if you don't take care of yourself, it's your problem," she once said.
(By Hsu Chih-wei and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-28 23:51 GMT+08:00