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Advocates of sports gender equality, Liu, Po-Chun (right) and Tseng Yu-Hsien (left)

“It struck me as a surprise 15 years ago, when someone told me that I couldn’t touch the ball or stay on the field because I am a girl.”

“Does this still happen now? No way. That is the difference.”

— Liu Po-Chun, the Founder of Taiwan Sports Forward Association

From a Female Umpire to an Advocate

Liu Po-Chun is the first female baseball umpire in Taiwan. Over a decade ago, she chose the profession of a baseball umpire out of her love for baseball. Although her presence is…


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In 1994, the British Sports Council held the first International Conference on Women and Sport. Delegates from 82 countries/regions jointly endorsed the Brighton Declaration, hoping to improve women’s under-involvement in sports relative to men through international collaboration and promotion.

The conference members at the time formed an organization — the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) — which continues to promote concepts. …


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“Mommy said before that color pens are only for paper. Are your hands paper?” the mother asked while driving. Rubbing her colorful hands, the little girl beside her mother lowered her head and said, “No, I have to wash my hands when we get home.”

Arriving at home, without waiting for her mother’s commands, the little girl walked straight to the bathroom to wash her hands. The mother said something in Vietnamese to the girl, and she replied, “Okay!” in Mandarin.

“I…


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Chloe Yu is a lesbian and a mother from an indigenous tribe in the southern tip of Taiwan. With a head of short, pretty hair, she is accompanied by her partner, daughter, and pet dogs. Radiating confidence and excitement, she shares how she overcame a period of confusion and stress about self-identity and religious beliefs to now enjoy a happy and tranquil life.

The Dual Pressures from Family and Faith

The first time Chloe became aware of her attraction to the same sex was at the onset of puberty…


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Located on the southern tip of Taiwan, Zhutian Township is a small village with a population of just over 17,000. Looking over Zhutian from an elevated platform at the train station, all that is visible is a boundless betel nut field.

In the middle of this sparsely populated, serene countryside, TaiMei Education Foundation built a Parent Child Library, which has been attracting parents from hundreds of miles away, and who line up all night just to sign up for activities hosted by…


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In the alleys of a university town filled with a cultural ambience, an unassuming bookstore stands there for decades. Fembooks, as the first feminist bookstore in the ethnic Chinese world, is a bookstore specifically sales books selected according to the principle of “written by women, write about women, write for women” and has operated with humble confidence for nearly three decades.


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Caring for the family is often considered the sole responsibility of women, especially mothers, who may find it difficult to strike a balance between their family and work. Under such gender oppression, innovative models established by social enterprises just might be able to propose a new practical lifestyle.

Bringing Mothers Back to the Workplace

Tsai Yu-lin, the founder of Flexible Jobs, a social enterprise in Taiwan, had previously worked in the technology industry for over a decade. After being promoted to a…


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During the 2012 Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said: “Invest in women. Women are natural social entrepreneurs.”

According to statistics from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor in 2015, female social entrepreneurs outnumbered female business entrepreneurs in most regions around the world. Some scholars believe that more women prefer working in social enterprises due to innate values that break traditional stereotypes of women, resulting in a safer and friendlier workplace. …


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The grand opening of the 2021 “Asia Pacific Social Innovation Summit” will take place in April in Taipei. This year, the summit is organized by the Foundation of Women’s Rights Promotion and Development (FWRPD) and will bring a focus on gender perspectives to the conference. In response to the pandemic, the summit will also be broadcast live online. Don’t miss this opportunity if you are interested in social innovation or care about gender equality.

This article is based on interviews with FWRPD…


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How much time do you spend on domestic works? Have you ever thought if it is fair for women or mothers to spend their time doing unpaid house chores? How much do men contribute to house chores?

If someday all women refuse to work, what will happen?

What is social reproduction? The “unpaid” works of women

According to a piece of news in 2018, a single mother sued her son for not offering her “nurturing fee.” She had signed a contract with her son beforehand about supporting her financially when she…

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