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Awakening Foundation is a non-for-profit organization (NPO) that aims to promote gender equality. In 1982, a group of women began to advocate women's rights via "Awakening Magazine" under martial law in Taiwan. Awakening Foundation was later registered as a non-governmental organization in 1987 when martial law was lifted.

For over three decades, Awakening Foundation has been widely recognized as the organization which promote gender equal policy and institutional reform. In 1989, Awakening Foundation began to advocate for Gender Equality in Employment Bill, which was then promulgated in 2002. Awakening Foundation continued work with Taipei Warm Life Association and other women group to amend civil codes to reduce the inequality in family law. Awakening Foundation also urged the government to include national machinery to be in charge of gender issues.

Awakening Foundation worked with various organizations for gender equality judicial reforms, such as Gender Equality in Employment Act (2002), Gender Equity Education Act (2004), Law of Domestic Proceeding (2012), amendment of Immigration Act (2007, 2009) and Women's Charter in Constitution (1992). Awakening Foundation collaborated with other groups to lobby for Domestic Violence Prevention Act (1998) and built alliances with Marriage Equality Coalition (a coalition lobbying for same-sex marriage legalization) and Gender Equity Education Coalition (a coalition lobbying for gender equality education).

Taiwan is now the first country in Asia with legalized same-sex marriage and having 42% of female legislators in the council (year 2020). However, there are still male politicians make fun of female politicians because of their appearances; whether a public servant is married or not become an issue instead of her professional abilities; inappropriate jokes and metaphors that refers to gender discrimination are still common in the public. 

Body and sexual autonomy is also one of the major issues we are dealing with. Affirmative consent (Only Yes Means Yes) is now an international consensus while Taiwan is still new to this concept. Therefore, Awakening strives to embed the concept into legislation and to communicate the idea with the public.

The birth rate in Taiwan has drastically decreased while aging population has surged in the past decades. Caring job is a highly gender-related and important issue in Taiwan. Awakening Foundation urge the government to provide public caring services and improve the gender equality at work, such as long-term care leaves and paid family leaves.

Our current goals are to 1) lobby the law makers to embed the concept of affirmative consent (only yes means yes) into legislation and to broadly communicate the idea to the public, and 2) urge the government to provide public care giving services as well as improve gender equality practices in the workplace, such as long-term and paid family care giving leaves.

The main advocating objectives of Awakening Foundation:

  • Gender equality and body and sexual autonomy
  • Gender equality, marriage, and family judicial reforms
  • Equal marriage and rights
  • Gender equality and care issues
  • Gender equality and labor relations
  • Gender equality and education and culture
  • Gender equality, politics and gender mainstreaming
  • Gender equality and pension reforms
  • Civil code enquiry hotline
  • Gender equality training and empowerment for volunteers and interns

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