In Memory of

Peng Wan-Ru

A Proposal for the Women's Rights Day

Message from the Union of Palestinian Women's Associations in North America

To Our Taiwanese Sisters

Please accept our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences over the loss of Wan-Ru Pong, feminist fighter and activist for social justice in Taiwan.

Wan-Ru Pong's brutal murder is not only a tragedy for her family, loved ones, friends, and the Taiwanese women's movement. It is a loss for all Taiwanese and for peace and justice-loving people all over the world.

As Palestinians, we recognize and feel the pain and suffering of rape, murder, and violence. Some of our activists were murdered, tortured and sexually violated in Israeli jails, other Palestinian women were victimized by misogynist brutalities committed by Palestinian men who were the product of societal patriarchy, foreign occupation, and lack of individual and collective freedoms.

We firmly believe that the murder of Wan-Ru Pong and many other fighters for peace and justice should not be forgotten. We share your conviction that the best tribute to her memory and dedication is to keep up the struggle, to fight for women's rights, to end violence against women, and to view women's rights as part and parcel of human fight for freedom, peace, and justice.

We also wish you luck in all your endeavors to establish a Women's Rights Day (Wan-Ru Memorial Day) on the last Sunday of November as a reminder that murder and brutalities will never be tolerated.

Once again, we share your sorrow and we stand with you in this sad occasion.

In Solidarity,

Rabab Abdulhadi

Union of Palestinian Women's Associations in North America