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Children of immigrants among winners of Formosan Girl Awards

Children of immigrants among winners of Formosan Girl Awards

Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) Children of immigrants in Taiwan were among the winners of the 13th Formosan Girl Awards, which were handed out in Taipei on Sunday on "Taiwan Girls Day" to celebrate the achievements of girls. Taiwan established the day for the first time in 2013 to protect and enhance the rights of girls and young women after the United Nations declared October 11, 2012 the first International Day of the Girl Child. A total of 43 girls were nominated in the five categories of the Formosan Girl Awards -- community development, courage and adventure, special creativity, math and technology, and sports. Fourteen of them were named the winners of the awards, organized by the Garden of Hope Foundation. One of the winners of the special creativity awards was Chen Sin-jie (???), a high school student from Taichung whose dream is to become a writer. Chen said her parents got divorced when she was young and relatives often criticized her mother, a native of China, in front of her, bringing her to tears. As she grew older, however, she learned that there are many single-parent families and immigrant families and began to adjust her thoughts on these subjects, Chen said. Even though relatives have tried to convince her not to focus too much on studying, Chen said she is determined to change her life through education because she believes that women should not be inferior to men. The teenager loves writing and has won several poetry and short story awards. Her favorite writer is late Chinese writer Eileen Chang, Chen said. One of the winners of the community development award was Chen Mei-ju (???), also a high school student from Taichung. Chen, whose mother is from Vietnam, has also suffered discrimination while growing up because of her mother's cultural background. But now she wants everyone to know that she is proud to be the child of an immigrant, said Chen, who joined a volunteer group in her high school and found fulfillment through helping others. The 3rd Asian Girl Awards were also presented at the awards ceremony on Sunday. The award for human rights was given to Bipana Sharma from Nepal, while Chanda Jat from India won the award for community development. Sharma, 16, advocates against child marriage and child labor. She participated in the Ekta Child Club at the age of 11 years old and later served as chair of Sunwol municipality child club network. She was the winner of the Glocal Teen Hero 2015 award. "Children should have rights to life, love, a happy family, education, drinking water, sanitation, gender equality, and more," Sharma said. She said winning the award means she has a greater responsibility to fight for rights for children. Jat, who was born in a rural village in India, fights for girls' rights to education. She said winning the award would make people in her community more willing to listen to her when she speaks out about girls' rights issues. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-24 23:10 GMT+08:00