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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with agencies

DIPLOMACY

Sympathy sent for typhoon

The government has extended sympathy to Japan on the loss of life and the battering recently from Typhoon Wipha, Association of East Asian Relations Chairman Lee Chia-chin (李嘉進) said yesterday. Lee conveyed the sentiments in a letter to his counterpart, Mitsuo Ohashi, chairman of the Interchange Association, Japan. Lee expressed the hope that life would return to normal soon for Japanese in the areas affected by the typhoon. Wipha skirted the east coast of Japan on Wednesday, bringing heavy rainfall to the country and causing landslides. Izu Oshima recorded 22 deaths as a result of the storm and suffered the heaviest damage, according to the Japanese news organization NHK.

SOCIETY

Campaign fights violence

Education plays an important role in ending violence against women and girls, a US-based women’s rights group said yesterday. “Kids see and they imitate,” Zonta International president Lynn McKenzie said. “So what you want to do is say: ‘No.’” McKenzie is in Taiwan to attend a district meeting in Greater Kaohsiung over the weekend and to promote a campaign called “Zonta Says No.” The campaign, which began in November last year and runs through December, focuses on advocacy actions to prevent and end violence against women and girls worldwide. Asked about her views on the status of women worldwide, McKenzie said a lot more can be done, citing the slow growth of the percentage of female parliamentarians worldwide. Established in 1919, Zonta International now has about 300,000 members in 1,200 clubs in 65 countries all over the world. There are 18 Zonta clubs in Taiwan, with 560 members, the group said.

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