關於婦聯

       「中華民國婦女聯合會」(婦聯會)是1950年由蔣宋美齡夫人在台灣台北設立。在艱苦的年代創會,最初的目的在於聯合婦女力量,幫助軍需不足,扶持軍眷生活。隨時代的演進,目前由秘書長辜嚴倬雲女士領導的婦聯會總會已有國內外20萬會員,不但持續為婦女謀福利,更廣闊對社會關懷面向,開始照顧弱勢,贊助優良社福團體,並積極拓展國民外交。
 
       「中華民國婦女聯合會華府分會」(婦聯會華府分會)則是在此前提下,由丁懋時代表夫人史美暢女士創立,並任第一屆主任委員。分會以「集結華府地區婦女力量,配合國家政策,融合中西文化,提高華裔婦女權益,及推動公益活動」為宗旨。歷年來經過各屆主任委員之經營,努力服務社區,從事公益慈善及文化活動,加入美國婦女組織聯盟(General Federation of Women’s Clubs),使華府分會與國際舞台同步,成為此間最受矚目的婦女社團組織之一 。
 
        程建人代表夫人何友蘭女士任本會主任委員時,為利會務之推動擴展,本會向馬利蘭州蒙哥馬利郡申請取得免稅資格,轉型為非營利公司組織。透過董事會及理事會運作,每年籌辦龍舟比賽。此象徵傳統文化和強調團隊精神的運動,深受各界歡迎 ,成為美國首都華盛頓特區最盛大的國際文化體育活動之一。近年來本分會亦開始舉辦大型慈善募款音樂會「愛之頌」。經由愛之頌音樂會募集之愛心捐款,支援的慈善機構包括:六龜育幼院、救助遊民之「華府中央廚房」(DC Central Kitchen)、受虐婦女收容所,以及為低收入或無健康保險之居民提供醫療服務的 Mercy Health Clinic 等組織。 
       
           袁大使夫人吳垣玲女士接任分會董事長後,幾度舉辦「愛之頌」音樂會。邀請著名歌手義務演出,以最受大眾喜愛的流行主題及懷舊老歌,呈現給僑界更優美的音樂世界,並為弱勢團體募款。其間逢台灣八八水災,本會將愛之頌募得款項,透過總會全數捐贈救災。每年華府龍舟賽在波多馬克河畔 Thompson Boat Center 舉行,有代表美國政府組織、公司行號、大學團體、移民族裔及中文學校等多達五十多支隊伍參賽。其中還包括乳癌生還者協會組成的隊伍,以及「Outa Sight Dragons」視障隊伍,充分展現婦聯會華府分會關懷並鼓勵弱勢的用心。此外,配合龍舟競技,本會每年亦與僑務委員會合作,邀請台灣民俗技藝團體在河岸現場表演,為觀賽者及選手提供精緻的文化饗宴。    

       為承先啟後,透過大華府區居民對龍舟賽的熱潮,激發各界對中國文化的熱情,婦聯會華府分會向國內各大企業集資,購買了12艘全新玻璃纖維打造的競賽龍舟。盼結合國內外大家的力量,透過實質互惠的文化交流,讓龍舟賽事成為美國華盛頓特區最豐富的藝文活動,與全民期待的運動盛會。


CWLDC is a chapter of the National Women’s League (NWL) of the Republic of China. The NWL was founded by Madame Chiang Kai-Shek in 1950 in Taipei, Taiwan. Founded during a period of daily rigors, Madame Chiang’s original goal in establishing this organization was to unite Chinese women to provide support to members of the armed forces and their families. The organization’s programs, such as facilitating housing and educational assistance to military families, have met with great success. Since that time, the organization’s goals have expanded to include social services, assistance to the disabled, scholarship programs for students and people-to-people diplomacy in other countries.

Presently, the NWL is led by Dr. Cecilia Y. Koo, who works with more than 200,000 members worldwide. Not only does NWL continue to seek benefits for women, spreading concern for the community, taking care of the disadvantaged and sponsoring NGOs, but it also promotes international cultural integration worldwide.

The CWLDC was established on these premises by Madame Mei-Chan Ding. This chapter’s motto is “To unite the women of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, to promote cultural exchanges and to improve the rights and interests of Chinese American women while supporting our government’s policies.” Over the years, with the diligent leadership of the former chairwomen in serving the community, participating in charity and cultural events and joining the General Federation of Women’s clubs, CWLDC has become one of the most noteworthy women’s organizations in the area today.

While Madam Yolanda Chen was chairwoman, CWLDC procured tax exempt status as a non-profit organization in Montgomery County. Since then, the Dragon Boat Race managed by CWLDC has become an annual festival in the capital of the United States. This boat racing festival, symbolizing traditional Chinese culture while emphasizing teamwork, is quite popular among people from all walks of life. CWLDC also holds the Sing for Love Charity Event every year. The proceeds of the event have been donated to the DC Central Kitchen, the Women’s Shelter and Mercy Health Clinic and other charity organizations.

Madam Maggie Yuan, as the incumbent chairperson, has invited quite a few famous singers to perform favorite pop songs and reminiscent love songs for the Sing for Love Charity Event. After Typhoon Morakot wrought catastrophic damage on Taiwan, CWLDC gathered all the proceeds from the event to NWL in Taipei in order to fund typhoon relief efforts. The Dragon Boat Race, held every year at the Thompson Boat Center on the Potomac River, had more than fifty teams entered into the competition, which included groups from the U.S. government, the business sector, college students, minority organizations, Chinese schools as well as breast cancer survivors and the “Outta Sight Dragons” visually impaired group. The even truly illustrated CWLDC’s commitment to caring for disadvantaged groups. In order to provide even more diverse cultural exhibitions, CWLDC also works with the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission and invites Taiwanese folk art groups to perform by the river bank in concert with the Dragon Boat Racing event.

For a more sustainable future, CWLDC has raised funds from Taiwanese businesses to purchase 12 fiberglass dragon boats. We sincerely hope that, by gathering generous contributions from Taiwan and the local community and by enjoying greater cultural integration, the Dragon Boat Race will become the most renowned cultural activity in the Washington, D.C. area.