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Ko Pledges to Make Taipei a City without Violence

Mayor Ko Wen-je joined American women’s rights activist Eve Ensler and CEO Chi Hui-jung from the Garden of Hope Foundation at a drum performance to “drum up” support for the fight against violence at the East Gate plaza of Taipei City Hall on January 12.
The mayor received a sign reading “Taipei—A City without Violence” from Ensler, declaring that the capital of the island will strive to eliminate violence. Dignitaries from India, the Philippines, China, and other countries also attended the event to voice their support for the campaign.
Ko noted that according to statistics, the number of sexual assault and domestic violence victims in the world amounts to a staggering 1 billion. Taiwan also contributed to the aggravation of the trend, having reported an increase of related incidents over the years.
He reckoned that it is a transgender issue and that violence of any kind should be prevented. Taipei should take the lead in working towards a place free from violence.
Ensler, an internationally acclaimed women’s rights activist, expressed her gratitude to Ko for standing side by side with feminists. She took the opportunity to raise awareness on the issue, encouraging everyone to work in unity against violence.