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Foundation calls for gender-friendly nightclubs
Central News Agency
2014-03-08 09:50 PM
Taipei, March 8 (CNA) Taiwan is in dire need of gender-friendly nightclubs as there are still many myths regarding women who drink, a foundation said Friday as it unveiled the results of a survey on views of women who drink and on the state of Taiwan's nightclubs. The Garden of Hope Foundation said 53 percent of the survey's respondents had an unfavorable perception of women who drink and over 90 percent had very negative impressions of women who get drunk in public places. Yet nearly 90 percent of respondents also agreed that women are free to drink, leading to a paradox, the foundation said.

Though women are seen as having the right to drink, if they drink a lot in public places, they will be seen as women "who don't behave themselves" or who "deserve it" if they are sexually assaulted, the foundation said. The survey also found that over 70 percent of respondents thought nightclub environments to be unfriendly from a woman's perspective, especially in terms of personal safety if a woman gets drunk and is harrassed by the opposite sex. Over 65 percent of respondents hoped that nightclub operators could cooperate with the police to provide security personnel to protect women and offer spaces where women can relax safely. The foundation also pointed to a recent surge in crimes involving men who hang around nightclubs and take advantage of drunk women, and it said that only urging women to take safety precautions to deal with the problem absolves men of any responsibility for their actions. Society and the police cannot condone men "hunting down" drunk women, the foundation said, and it described the promotion of a gender-friendly nightclub culture as "urgent." The survey was conducted between Feb. 26 and March 5. It collected 500 valid samples and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. (By Chen Ching-fang and Lilian Wu) Endtiem/ls

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