No. 33 (7/16-7/31/98)

  1. Featured News: Large Scale Sexual Violence in Indonesia
  2. Councilwoman of Kaohsiung City Murdered in China
  3. Jodie Foster Causes Dispute of Gays' Rights to Children-raising
  4. Affirmative Action within DPP Nearly Gone


  1. Featured News: Large Scale Sexual Violence in Indonesia

    During the May riot in Indonesia, there were at least 168 Chinese Indonesian women raped or gang raped because of their ethnicity, and of course, gender. Through the internet the victims have been asking help from overseas and publishing photos of the violence. According to news reports, Indonesian merchants have begun to sell 'chastity belts' so women can avoid being raped. The demand is high. Many Taiwanese female legislators and representatives of various women organizations have gone to protest at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Indonesia Office of Economic and Trade Affairs in Taipei. Organizations that have showed support to the victims include:

    • Sinanet initiated [Yellow Ribbon on the InternetˇXProtest Against Indonesian's anti-Chinese riot] at the website: http://www.sinanet.com.tw
    • Women organizations initiated [Letter From Everyone to Support the Victimized Chinese Women and to Raise Funds] at the website:
      http://www.goh.org.tw or http://www.vot.tw.
      Please send your donation to Women's Rescue Foundation and note that the money is for [Victimized Chinese Women in Indonesia]. Their account number at the post office is 126271604.
    • Wang Ching-Fong, a former member of the Control Yuan which is in charge of the discipline of public functionaries, will go to Indonesia with representatives of women organizations. Peng Wan-Ru foundation held a press conference accusing the Modern Women Foundation of injuring the victims by releasing photos of violence to the press. The release of the photos, they claimed, is like giving an aphrodisiac to a sexual sadist.

  2. Councilwoman of Kaohsiung City Murdered in China

    Lin Di-Juan, councilwoman of Kaohsiung City, was kidnapped and drugged in China because of her boyfriend's debts. The Chinese government later confirmed that she was already murdered.

    Why there is always bad news for women ? We lost another sister again. You must have seen Ms Lin on TV before. She spoke fluent Taiwanese with a calm composure, a quick mind, and a sharp tongue. She was only twenty-eight while elected as a councilwoman of Kaohsiung City with the second highest number of votes. She did not have a family background in politics and relied all on her wisdom and capability. Two years ago, Peng Wan-Ru, another sister of ours, was murdered, and now it was Lin... Those outstanding women achieved self-realization through their work in the public sphere died but died in an untimely fashion. It is really a setback for women's participation in politics.

  3. Jodie Foster Causes Dispute of Gays' Rights to Children-raising

    Renowned actress Jodie Foster recently gave birth to a son and became another unwedded mother. Because of the continuing speculation that Foster is a lesbian, gay and lesbian organizations in Taiwan once again argued that homosexuality is not deviant. Gays and lesbians should also have the right to form a family and to raise children. However, the League of Children's Welfare claimed that several years ago "married couple" was already set as a requirement for adoption, so singles and homosexuals are totally excluded.

  4. Affirmative Action within DPP Nearly Gone

    In the Congress of National Representatives of the Democratic Progress Party (DPP), Zhuang Sheng-Rong, representative of the National Assembly, proposed an amendment for the affirmative action policy and criticized the women members of the party. He claimed that women did not work hard and just relied on the affirmative action policy, and, according to him, the policy easily results in corruption. Li Yong-Ping, Director of the Department of Women's Affairs in the Democratic Progressive Party, along with other female representatives, criticized Zhuang's viewpoint, and asked the party members not to forget the sacrifices of Peng Wan-Ru. Another National Assembly member, Lin Chong-Mo, and Lin Fong-Xi, a member of the Legislative Yuan, however, supported Zhuang's viewpoint. They agreed that the affirmative action policy indeed affects election results. A war almost broke out between the men and the women within DPP. Others later postponed the amendment to appease both sides.


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