President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday that raising Taiwan’s labor participation rate for women is one of her administration’s main priorities so that women have more opportunities to participate in Taiwan’s social, economic and political development.
Speaking at an executive committee meeting of the International Council of Women held in Taipei, Tsai said she hopes to achieve the goal by putting in place policies that will loosen the existing social structure.
Progress is already being made in that direction, she said.
Gender equality has become a mainstream movement in Taiwan, the president said, and Taiwan has presented reports in accordance with the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on two occasions.
Taiwanese society also now encourages and supports women’s participation in public affairs, Tsai said, citing her own example and noting that a third of Taiwan’s legislators and half of the speakers of the city councils of Taiwan’s six major cities are also women.
Taiwan is willing to share its experiences with other parts of the world and to make contributions to the global women’s movement.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel