A Taipei-based women's rights group Saturday opened the island's first museum dedicated to Taiwanese "comfort women" forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels.

At a ceremony held to coincide with the international Human Rights Day, Culture Minister Cheng Li-chun said the opening of the museum bears historic significance because it is a milestone in the joint effort of nongovernmental organizations over the past 25 years.

"As a woman, I admire the courage of the 'amas,'" she said, using the Taiwanese word for grandmothers to refer to the victims.