The "One Billion Rising" was recently held by Migrante Taiwan at the Tanzi Catholic Church in Taichung. The primary points of the appeal were against racial prejudice and discrimination, against labor exploitation, and against all forms of violence against female migrant workers. Along with other domestic and international NGO organizations, Migrante Taiwan traveled to Boston, Massachusetts as part of the "One Billion Rising" to peacefully protest outside the Seafood Expo North America and raise awareness of the fundamental human rights of fishermen and the right to Wi-Fi.
Eve Ensler started the worldwide "One Billion Rising" in 2012 with the goal of ending violence against women and sexual assault. According to Migrante Taiwan, the "One Billion Rising" is now taking place in Taiwan for the third time, with the intention of raising awareness of the need to protect the rights and dignity of female workers.
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Migrante Taiwan and domestic and foreign NGOs peacefully demonstrated in Boston to speak out for fishermen.Photo reproduced by Migrante Taiwan Facebook
In relation to the non-violent protest that took place in front of the Seafood Expo North America, NGO groups also met with US government representatives to ensure that concerns like the rights of fisher workers can be covered in trade initiatives between Taiwan and the US. With more than 1,100 fishing boats, Taiwan presently has the second-largest ocean fishing sector in the world, but just 100 of these boats are Wi-Fi-enabled and available to fishermen, according to the Fisheries Agency, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan.
The majority of Taiwan's ocean-going fleet crews are migrant workers who frequently spend up to a year at sea without access to Wi-Fi, which NGO groups claim is detrimental to migrant workers' and their families' mental health. The right to use Wi-Fi and the human rights of fishers are also raised.