台灣公民參與協會與國際CET（nternships Director & Office Manager, CET Taiwan）第五屆實習生合作計畫二月份正式展開，雖然全球正逢武漢肺炎肆虐，但依然照常謹慎舉行。這屆公民會來一位美國泰裔黃楠同學，她中文說得非常好，對勞工女權非常有興趣，我們期待透過她的實習觀察，認識台灣ＮＧＯ世界。以下是她第一週實習感想。
Nan’s First Week as a TCPA InternThis week was my first week as an intern with the TCPA. I am very grateful for their help and support throughout our meetings with them this week. On Tuesday, we attended the welcome reception for new interns, where we met the leaders of TCPA and the Taiwan Animal Protection Monitor Network (TAPMN). After introducing ourselves, we discussed the timeline and expectations of this internship with TCPA’s President, Ho Tsung Hsun. We were able to learn more about TCPA and the TAPMN, and their roles in promoting social justice in Taiwan. We were also given a quick tour of the neighborhood around the office and Huashan 1917 Creative Park. I am excited to be part of an organization that is passionate about making change and amplifying the voices of different grassroots movements. I hope to contribute meaningfully to TCPA’s vibrant work environment and learn as much as I can over the next three months.
On Thursday, we assisted the TCPA with the execution of the Animal Protection Conference at the Taipei NGO house. This event was organized by the TCPA and attended by eight different animal rights NGOs like the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). An alliance was formed by these animal rights groups to urge legislators to make policies that better protect animals in Taiwan.
We heard moving speeches from the representatives of these NGOs, along with responses from legislators and the Council of Agriculture’s Minister, Chen Chi Chung. For instance, The President of Taiwan Animal Protection Monitor Network, Wang Wei Chi, articulated the need for a police force solely dedicated to the protection of animals. Minister Chen’s responded positively to the work of these NGOs and emphasized the need to re-evaluate the present ban on euthanizing healthy stray animals. During this event, I was responsible for taking the temperature of all participants as they enter the event venue. It was very meaningful for me to meet and welcome representatives from different organizations and political parties.
This event was a great opportunity for me to witness the influence that Taipei’s NGOs have on politics. I was impressed by the meaningful dialogue that occurred at the event and optimistic that legislators would continue to amplify the voices of these active NGOs in their policy making. The legislators from both parties and Minister of Agriculture were very accessible to the local community. I hope to see similar levels of accessibility and accountability among elected officials in the US as well.