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Local firm makes dolls for visiting Turkish parliamentarian
Central News Agency
2012-10-17 08:03 PM
Taipei, Oct. 17 (CNA) A Taiwanese firm presented a visiting Turkish parliamentarian Wednesday with a set of Barbie dolls designed especially for her to promote bilateral ties and recognize her efforts in fighting for human rights. The staff of the New Taipei-based Meining Workshop made the two customized dolls based on Safak Pavey's physical appearance and her favorite dresses, said Ku Tsui-e, the workshop's executive chairwoman. Pavey, who is leading a five-member delegation on an Oct. 14-19 visit, is a human rights activist who also serves as a member of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She lost an arm and a leg in an accident while studying in Switzerland. Taiwanese lawmaker Yang Yu-hsin of the ruling Kuomintang, who is confined to a wheelchair because of a rare genetic disorder, was also invited to the event at the Meining Workshop, where she presented a "Pavey doll" in a black dress to the 36-year-old parliamentarian on behalf of the company. Both Yang and Pavey are dedicated to promoting rights for the disabled and disadvantaged. "Thank you for the dolls," Pavey said, adding that Taiwan is a special place for her, as it is where the "Pavey dolls" were created. Pavey said she would take the dolls back to Turkey with her and carry them on her travels to other parts of the world. Making her first visit to Taiwan, Pavey said she hopes the two sides can increase exchanges in the areas of culture, technology and trade. Yang for her part expressed hope that Pavey will help expand Taiwan's participation in international human rights organizations. Meanwhile, David Wang, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of West Asian and African Affairs, said Taiwan and Turkey can work together to boost exchanges in areas such as tourism and culture. The Meining Workshop produces Barbie dolls dressed in hand-made apparel, including the traditional dress of Taiwanese aboriginal tribes and other Chinese ethnic groups, as well as uniforms of flight attendants and police. (By Elaine Hou)
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