Flory Joy Alvarez (second from left), Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan, and Monisha Muniyandi appear at a media briefing on Girls’ Day. Photo: goh.org.tw

To celebrate Taiwan Girls’ Day, the Taoyuan City Department of Social Welfare and the Garden of Hope Foundation jointly invited young representatives from the Philippines and India to visit Taiwan and exchange ideas with local Asian Girls Human Rights Ambassadors.

On Wednesday – October 11, the same date as the International Day of the Girl Child as declared by the United Nations – the two foreign ambassadors and a local counterpart met Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan and shared their ideas with him on how to promote girls’ rights, China Times reported.

The three ambassadors meeting Cheng were Monisha Muniyandi from India, Flory Joy Alvarez from the Philippines, and Huang Jin-ru of Taiwan.

Muniyandi, 17, who recently recovered from injuries sustained last year in a fire, has dedicated herself to assisting burn survivors and also stopping sexual abuse of girls.

Alvarez, 17, who survived severe injuries sustained in a car accident last year, has initiated a program to provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene for her local community.

Huang, 18, who is a believer in individuality, started a campaign to free female students from having to wear uniforms while studying at Jingmei Girls’ Senior High School in Taipei.

At a media briefing, Mayor Cheng announced that a museum  dedicated to girls would be built in southern Taoyuan to serve as a venue for performances, education and exhibitions on improving girls’ rights.