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Former vice president awarded for advocacy of women's rights

2012/03/26 18:29:43

Taipei, March 26 (CNA) Former Vice President Annette Lu received a Women World Peace award Monday in South Korea for her advocacy of women's rights and contributions to promoting women's involvement in society in Taiwan.

Lu, Taiwan's first female vice president (2000-2008), received the award from Han Hak-ja, a South Korean women who founded the Women's Federation for World Peace in 1992 to encourage women to take active roles in social affairs. The global organization has offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna.

In her acceptance speech, Lu encouraged women to develop soft power, which she said had helped Taiwan transform itself from a "small, poor country under an authoritarian regime into a highly developed country with the most advanced high technology and democracy."

"Women must first enrich themselves with their own soft power of mercy, beauty, wisdom and courage," she added.

She also called on women to contribute to the creation of a green civilization for the development of world peace and for the good of the planet.

The former vice president said the earthquake and Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan last March prompted her to establish the Green 21 Taiwan Alliance, aiming to "save the earth and save our future."

During her stay in South Korea, Lu is scheduled to tour the Samsung Digital City, as well as visit organizations and companies dedicated to environmental protection. She will also attend a reception hosted by Taiwan's representative to South Korea Benjamin Liang before returning to Taiwan on Wednesday.

(By Chiang Yuan-chen and Jamie Wang)