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Taiwan officials wear pink masks in response to boys’ school bullying fears

/ 03:07 PM April 16, 2020

Health officials in Taiwan donned pink masks at a press conference Monday, April 13, as a statement against gender stereotypes.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung addressed concerns of boys being bullied if they wore a pink surgical mask to school after it was raised at a press conference the day before, Taiwan News reported.

Face masks are being rationed in the country due to the high demand for them amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.


#衛福編編記者會摘要 #阿中部長的話 #什麼顏色的口罩都很好…

Posted by 衛生福利部 on Monday, April 13, 2020

“Everyone can wear any color of mask. Pink is actually a good color,” Chen said in the Monday press briefing of the Central Epidemic Command Center. Male officials flanking him also wore pink masks.

He added that pink was a popular color too because of the cartoon Pink Panther.

Government officials, including Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, expressed support for Chen’s statement.

“I urge everyone not to limit their choices based on color stereotypes. Whatever the color of a mask, the ones that protect you are the most suitable,” she said on social media Tuesday, April 14.

Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung posted a photo of him in a pink mask on Facebook Monday. “Colors are gender-neutral. As long as they are worn correctly to protect us, any mask is beautiful and appropriate,” he said.


顏色沒有性別之分,我們更不應該用顏色來區別彼此,每個人都能擇其所愛,無論口罩顏色是什麼,只要正確配戴,能夠保護我們的,就會是最美、最合適的口罩。 #無論喜歡什麼顏色 #都要記得自信快樂#防疫不容易更需要我們彼此扶持 #才能保護自己也保護身邊愛的人

Posted by 潘文忠 on Monday, April 13, 2020

“Minister Chen took time out from the regular #Coronavirus briefing to discuss the relevance of his pink medical mask. The big takeaway: No color is exclusive to girls or boys,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday night. “#GenderEquality lies at the heart of #Taiwan values.”

Government agencies, organizations and brands have also turned their logos pink, as observed by Wall Street Journal social media editor Joyu Wang in a Twitter post on Tuesday.

Taiwan recently donated 300,000 masks to the Philippines to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

Coronavirus infections remain low in Taiwan after it imposed a travel ban from parts of China in February, where the disease originated. Its control measures have avoided community lockdowns and outbreaks. It has reported 393 cases to date. Niña V. Guno /ra


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