New Taipei City shares impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups with international community
New Taipei City held an online sharing of cities' responses on Covid-19 on April 22, attracting 11 cities from Europe and Asia and four organizations that facilitating international exchanges, including UCLG、UCLG ASPAC、GSEF、and GO SMART. Director-general of New Taipei Social Welfare Department, Zhang Jinli (張錦麗), stated that Mayor Hou has concerned about the international trend of increasing domestic violence these days and publicized domestic violence prevention by filming a video. The Social Welfare Department also launched a well-developed system that provides assistance for silent victims. Additionally, the director of the Secretariat, Rao Qingyu (饒慶鈺), introduced the advanced disease control measures of New Taipei City to show the city value international exchanges of epidemic prevention.
The sharing titled "The Shadow Pandemic: Impact of COVID-19on Vulnerable Groups" invited Director-general of New Taipei Social Welfare Department, Zhang Jinli (張錦麗), Director of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Edgardo Bilsky, an Indonesian female entrepreneur, Iti Rawat, a Filipino counselor in Catbalogan City, Stephany Uy-Tan, and various organizations from Japan, Spain, India, the UK, and New Zealand, with a total of 12 countries, 11 cities, and 4 international organizations.
Edgardo Bilsky, the director of programs and research at the UCLG, pointed out that through such platforms as "Cities for Global Health" and "Live Learning Series", information on disease control, technological teaching, and public services will effectively be shared and publicized. Other topics such as climate change, minorities' rights, gender equality, and gaps between urban and rural areas all need attention from the public.
Iti Rawat, an Indonesian female entrepreneur, stated that when India was on lockdown, women were persecuted even more than before. The app, Reddot, improves the reporting system and helps victims obtain timely assistance and rescue, and it also provides psychological consultation and job opportunities. Not only does the government's contribution facilitate care services for vulnerable groups but the public's support also helps the society to grow.
The director of the Secretariat, Rao Qingyu (饒慶鈺), added that these days, the city government found a group of silent vulnerable groups that were violated. The city government expected to provide timely assistance and care for them and launched an online forum focused on different topics, such as knowledge, technology, and finance to share a series of disease control information. For related details of the online sharing, please go to Sharing Cities' Response to Covid-19.
Source: New Taipei City Government.