Recent News from the Chinese Taipei Chapter of the IAWJ

Review of 2020 and Tribute to Justice Ginsberg

2020 has been a year full of challenge and vitality for the IAWJ and its members.  While the members were disappointed at the postponement of the 2020 Biennial International Conference due to COVID-19, the IAWJ initiated a series of webinar regarding contingent courthouse operations during the pandemic and the impact on increased domestic violence. These webinars set up a platform connecting the members around the globe sharing the most updated information. 

In June, the IAWJ made its debut on Instagram, which highlights the members’ activities in different jurisdictions. This new media enables the members to follow the latest news wherever we are. In September, the IAWJ launched its official podcast: “IAWJ Insights“. The first episode paid tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and reminded us of the importance of women judges.  

We are grateful for our life and work remaining largely normal in Taiwan. The Chinese Taipei Chapter of the IAWJ was able to hold a variety of activities including two movie viewings and discussions on RBG and On the Basis of Sex. Our members learned what Justice Ginsberg had strived for in her life and her contribution to gender equality.  The activity was reflected in our January newsletter.  

We were deeply saddened by the passing of Justice Ginsberg. This historical figure left behind a legacy for women’s right and social justice that will always be remembered. At our regular Board meeting, we reviewed the fruitful activities this year. The IAWJ’s effort under the extraordinary circumstance inspired us to a great extent. We recognized and appreciated the IAWJ’s hard work to connect our colleagues and efforts around the world in furtherance of justice and gender equality despite of the pandemic.

Only Love, No Violence

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from the front lines have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, have intensified. Global collective efforts are needed to stop the violence. November 25 was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The President and Director General of the Chinese Taipei Chapter of the IAWJ attended the ceremony and activities held by the National Human Rights Commission to commemorate and support the endeavors on woman abuse prevention. The slogan was “Only Love, No Violence”. 

Members wearing purple to support those experiencing gender-based violence and raise awareness of the issue

The article was written by IAWJ member, Justice Hui-Yu Lin. The views presented in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the IAWJ.