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MOI says women's rights under government control

CNA , TAIPEI

As Taiwan is gradually transforming itself into a developed country, women's personal safety, one of the major indicators of a country's human-rights situation, is under effective government protection, the Ministry of the Interior claimed yesterday.

The ministry said in a press release that the government's efforts to protect women's personal safety have paid off in recent years, as an investigation last year by the ministry shows that seven personal safety indices scored 10-year highs in women's rights-related categories.

The results are an indication that the government has been paying greater heed to the issue and that the protection network provided by the government has become increasingly effective, the ministry said in the statement.

The Women's Rights Promotion Committee under the Executive Yuan worked out the country's first-ever white paper on women's personal safety policies in 1998 and then set up a domestic violence and sexual assault prevention center under the interior ministry. In addition, all local county and city governments now offer professional counselling, it added.

The country's judicial, prosecution, police, health and social service authorities, as well as the private sector, have also joined forces to establish protection centers.

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