No plans to join 'SlutWalk' movement: Taiwan women's groups

06/13/2011 08:19 PM
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Taipei, June 13 (CNA) Taiwanese women's groups have no plans toorganize a "SlutWalk" movement to respond to protests heldinternationally to correct the misapprehension that women'sappearances might explain or excuse sex crimes against them, localgroups said on Monday.

Even though local women's rights groups are in favor of theglobal phenomenon and agree with the premise, there will not be sucha movement in Taiwan in the next few months.

"We're very much aligned with this appeal, " Kang Shu-hua,executive director of Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation (TWRF) , toldthe CNA in an interview. "We firmly believe that a woman's appearanceshould not make her subject to victimization."

However, after discussing the issue with her fellow foundationmembers, Kang expressed regret that the TWRF has decided not to holda slutwalk in Taiwan as there are insufficient human resources.

The foundation is already holding an annual event in June andcannot spare more people to work on organizing a slutwalk, she added.

It takes at least two weeks to prepare and organize such amovement, Kang said, adding that taking part in a protest like thisrequires "very demanding efforts, " such as the recruitment ofvolunteers and mobilization of marchers.

On the other hand, Wu Tzu-ying, public relations director of theTaipei-based Modern Women's Foundation, said the name of the movementcould also be a problem in Taiwan.

"We really don't think the public can accept the word 'slut, '"she said, adding that despite the success of the movement elsewhere,use of the word in Taiwan might leave a bad impression of such a goodcause.

Similar movements or protests under a different name are notlikely to take place at the moment, Wu said.

Other women's rights groups in Taipei also expressed theirsupport for the appeal of the movement, including the Garden of HopeFoundation and the Awakening Foundation.

The global phenomenon was sparked by a Toronto police officer'scomment in January that "women should avoid dressing like sluts inorder not to be victimized." The first protest was held in Toronto inearly April and has since taken root in the United States, the UnitedKingdom and Australia, with marches soon to take place in India.

(By James Lee)ENDITEM/J

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