From the article:
Following the death of a social worker in Taitung County last month, allegedly from overwork, dozens of her colleagues yesterday staged a demonstration outside the Control Yuan over what they called the government’s refusal to provide better benefits to workers and lack of manpower.
This is a topic close to my heart, as I used to work with the same kids who saw social workers in Washington, DC (I was a literacy tutor, not a social worker by any stretch, but had to go through some training in how to handle kids from underprivileged backgrounds), and because social work inordinately affects women - and my impression is that it's also mostly a job held by women (I'll try to confirm that with stats later).
As someone who is also deeply interested in women's issues, women's rights and feminism in general, I was immediately piqued by this article detailing their plight.
Generally, around the world, it's clear that professional careers mostly held by women tend to be less respected, less well-paid and more overworked than those mostly held by men. Nurses are professionals but hold less esteem than doctors (granted, doctors have to go through far more rigorous training) - most nurses are female. Teachers are professionals just as much as lawyers are, and yet lawyers bring home many times the pay that teachers do. Social work is a profession - more so than almost anyone in business and certainly up there on the level of nurses and teachers - and yet most are government-funded and most are women. I can't help but notice that they too get the short end of the stick when it comes to pay, benefits and working conditions (in America as much as Taiwan). Or as the article notes: