WOMEN’S PLIGHT: Gilda Banugan of Migrante International said domestic workers are at risk because the Labor Standards Act does not apply to them
Date: Mar 25, 2019
By: Ann Maxon / Staff reporter
Dozens of women from the Philippines and Indonesia yesterday rallied at Taipei Railway
Station as part of the One Billion Rising campaign to end gender-based violence and exploitation of domestic workers.
The event, which featured a dance performance in the station’s main hall, was to raise awareness about female migrant workers who experience sexual, mental or physical violence, said Gilda Banugan, chairwoman of Migrante International’s Taiwan chapter.
It is the seventh year that migrant groups have held the event in Taiwan as part of the global campaign launched by US playwright and activist Eve Ensler on Valentine’s Day in 2012, Banugan said.
According to the campaign’s Web site, the “one billion” refers to statistics that show one in three women worldwide, or 1 billion, will be beaten or raped in their lifetime.