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Actions and Achievements

Mission

Awakening aims for women's body autonomy, status rights in family, rights in the workplace, the needs of multi-ethnic females as well as to help innovate gender perspectives and eliminate discrimination. The foundation engages in improving social system and gender culture by supervising gender policies, lobbying legislation, amending laws, promoting women’s participation in politics, empowering women in public affairs and implementing education.  The foundation's dedication to gender issues will continue until gender equality becomes a reality.

Achievements

1. Promote Women's Participation in Politics

In the traditional society,  women tended to be stay at home moms.  Their opinions were often neglected, and did not take part in public affairs. Awakening builds a gender-equal society, from ensuring women's rights to participation in politics. In order to empower women to voice their opinions, we are dedicated to improving the political system, encouraging female participation in politics, supervising policy objectives, and implementing policies related to gender equality. Following the concept of "gender mainstreaming", Awakening reforms the system by appealing to government on making  gender equality as policy objectives, urging central authority to establish dedicated agency. As a result, "Gender Equality Committee" of the Executive Yuan was founded in 2010, which specifically implementing the policy agenda of gender equality.

To continue the demand of Civil Constitutional Convention proposed in the 318 Occupation Movement, Awakening Foundation co-founded "Civil Constitution Promoting Alliance (憲動盟)" with other social groups, promoting constitutional reform from people subject to government, and including gender issues in constitutional charter of rights, with the purpose of fulfilling genuine democracy and gender justice. Additionally, we supervise discriminative speech and hasten the implementation of gender policies during the elections of local government leaders, so as to carry out the policies that  protect women's rights.

2. Create Workplace Gender Equality

Since the founding of Awakening, we have been committed to understanding employment discrimination and the dilemma that women are facing. Inspired by the event "Requiring Female Employee to be Single and Prohibiting Pregnancy" launched by Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in 1987, we started to draft the "Act of Equality in Employment between Men and Women". After twelve-years, the "Act of Sexual Equality in Employment" was finally passed by the legislature, including prohibition of sexual discrimination, prevention of sexual harassment, parental leave, paternity leave, family care leave, etc. The title of the act was modified into "Act of Gender Equality in Employment" in 2007 owing to forbidding sexual orientation discrimination by law and emphasizing gender diversity.

Awakening insists on reversing judicial and people's disregard of sexual harassment in workplace, establishing institutions such as parental and family care leave, making sure that the responsibility of care is also taken by the government and workplace instead of by women solely.

In recent years, in response to the changes of labor market, Awakening pays attention to the laborers' equal rights of "Atypical Employment", such as dispatching employment, temporary workers and part-time workers. We also initiated the "Democratic Front against Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement" with several groups. And  continuously involved  in "Economic Democracy Union" for drawing community's attention to the protection of female eco-social rights within free trade policy.  We keep propose suggestions and supervise the amendments and implementation of Act of GenderEquality in Employment. Awakening deeply believes that everyone in workplace should be treated equally and with respect, and promoting reforms in legal system and implementing them can contribute to the practice of our ideas.

3. Build Gender Equality in Family

Since the 1980's, Awakening has spoken out against Civil Code Part IV Family, advocated gender equality in marriage and family, and amended laws which contained sexual discrimination. In order to eliminate the unequal law which privileged the authority of husband and patriarchy, Awakening and Warm Life Association promoted law amendment, created the marriage and family law protecting equality between husband and wife, and equal rights between parents. Furthermore, we reformed the judicial system for family matters, including enacting "Law of Domestic Proceeding", establishing domestic relations courts, setting up "Family Service Center", hoping to build a friendlier and more proper institution when it comes to disputes in marriage and family.

Awakening believes law amendments are the preliminary institutional safeguard for women, but promoting gender equality through education is also an important issue,. In recent years, Awakening  has seen the needs of diverse family and organized "Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights" to discuss and promote the possibility of diverse family. With groups of welfare and immigrant workers, we focus on basic rights of the long-term caretakers, advocating public care, and expanding the possibilities in gender-equal families.

4. Empowering Advocation and Implement Gender Equity Education

Awakening has always been devoted to institutional changes, and education is the foundation. Because of this, we issued the "Overall Examination of Gender Concepts in Textbooks" report in 1988, advocating the implementation of gender equity education. In the mid-1990s, Awakening was devoted to educational reform demonstrations, proposing suggestions to the Educational Reform Committee, hastening the birth of Gender Equity Education Committee, and pushed to pass of the Gender Equity Education Act.

Besides school education, Awakening also focuses on family and social education, and constantly develops teaching materials, cultivates seed teachers, demands conventional reform. To collaborate with the law amending movement of Civil Code Part IV Family, Awakening works on women's education in communities by training volunteers, establishing a Civil Law Enquiry Hotline, forming advocating troupe, promoting public care and humane childbirth.

Awakening has always been convinced that only through empowering women and implementing gender equity education can we build an equal society and gender-friendly campus.

5. Fight for Women's Body Autonomy

In history, women rarely had body autonomy. In the mid-1980s, Awakening not only successfully promoted the legalization of abortion, but also protested against beauty contests displaying female bodies as commodities. Within the culture of gender inequality, women's erotic feelings tend to be morally smeared unilaterally. The number of convicted women is far more than men, no matter if it is due to having an affair in marriage or being the mistress . Consequently, Awakening promotes the abolishment of adultery (also known as the decriminalization of extramarital sex) with the intention to process extramarital relationships with Civil Law instead of Criminal Law. Female bodies are often restricted by conventions and taboo. Awakening fights for single women's reproductive right, diverse and gentle childbirth environment and the protection of the surrogate mothers' equal rights. We insist on defending women's body autonomy.

Fighting for body autonomy, from the legalization of abortion, to diversifying the female body image, to female sexual and reproductive autonomy, all are tough yet beautiful battles Awakening commits ourselves to women's body autonomy!

6. Eliminate Sexual/Gender Violence

In daily life, women encounter various threats of sexual/gender violence from family, on campus, in the workplace, in even public places. Sexual/Gender violence has always been an issue Awakening has focused on.

Apart from establishing the access to a sexual harassment grievance system, Awakening also promotes several gender equality acts, calling for public attention to domestic and intimate/break-up violence. Not only have we strongly protested the improper handling of sexual assault with Offences against Sexual Morality in Criminal Law, but we have also brought out the major renovation of Offenses against Sexual Autonomy Chapter in 1999.

We supported Deng Ru-Wen, who killed her husband owing to suffering from long-term domestic violence. In 1996 after Peng Wan-Ru's murder, we launched a demonstration with other groups, calling for the government to propose an effective policy and build a system aimed at protecting women's safety.

From supporting cases, to institutional reform, Awakening hopes women can no longer suffer from any form of gender/sexual violence, and be given back basic security and dignity.

7. Concerned for Multi-Ethnics

Since 1997, Awakening has examined  issues of aboriginal women's movement, reflecting the differences between classes and races in the women's movement, by starting the "Group of Aboriginal Women". Awakening actively empowers workers from the aboriginal women's movement by conducting study groups, forums, troupes and camps. We assist different women's organizations to connect with each others, and simultaneously improve people's understanding of aboriginal women's issues.

Within the transnational immigration of marriage and labor, in order to free new immigrant sisters in Taiwan from discrimination, and give them civil rights they deserve, Awakening initiated the "Law Amending Alliance of Immigrant/Migrant Human Rights Act (移盟)" in 2003. This deals with constantly focusing and supervising policies and law amendments related to the exit and entry of immigrants and immigrant workers. Through the reform of the national legal system and policies, we expect to make every woman, regardless of her country, ethics, class or culture, have equal safeguards and rights.

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