WOMEN’S

POLITICAL PPARTICIPATION

TAIWAN GENDER EQUALITY WEEK​​

The year 2020 marks the 5th anniversary for the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. As a result, 2020 is an optimal time to review the development and results of gender equality.

LGBT

RIGHTS

THE

PREVENTION OF

GENDER-BASED

VIOLENCE

After decades’ efforts dedicated by civil society organizations, Taiwan has  become a leader in gender issues, such as women’s political participation, LGBT rights and the prevention of gender-based violence for Asia and the rest of the world. In 2011, the government enacted Gender Equality Policy Guidelines and revised it in 2017 to adjust social changes and integrate global tendency, including the spirit of SDGs. The spirit of women’s rights and gender equality are reflected in Taiwan’s laws and policies, which gradually impact lifestyle and cultural aspects, becoming a shared value in Taiwanese society.

 

EVENTS

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To Vote and to be Elected
Sun, Mar 15
The Center
Mar 15, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Center, 208 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011, USA
LBT Political Participation in Taiwan and U.S.
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Youth Power Talk
Fri, Mar 13
Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza
Mar 13, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, 245 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
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Taiwan Main Stage
Thu, Mar 12
TECO
Mar 12, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
TECO, 1 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
TGEW: Taiwan Gender Equality Week
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Parrallel EVENTS

 

TAIWAN

#1

IN ASIA

labor market

health

empowerment

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) began

compiling and issuing the Gender Inequality Index (GII) in 2010.

The GII measures the state of gender inequality in countries

around the world by analyzing 5 indicators in the 3 dimensions of

health, empowerment, and labor market.

Taiwan ranks 9th globally in the GII and 1st in Asia,

according to data for 2018.

GENDER

PAY

GAP

Equal Pay Day  2008 - 2018

the number of extra days women are required to work has been reduced from March 10th to Feb 23rd.

TERIARY EDUCATION

Female gross enrolment ratio
in tertiary education ranks

IN ASIA.

The number 89.53% is
much higher than the
world average with 40.61%

 

Legislative Track

OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS

IN TAIWAN

1984

Enacts “Labor Standards Act”

To state that all employees shall receive the same wage rate payable to other employees doing the same work, no women shall be discriminated on the basis of gender. To safeguard the rights and interests in work of child workers and female workers.

Foundation FOR women’s Rights Promotion and Development

1999

Foundation for women’s Rights Promotion and Development (FWRPD) was established to serve as a bridge for constructive dialogue between the government and the private sectors, and to build a center of resource and information exchange for all women in Taiwan.

2002

Enacts “Gender Equality in Employment Law”

To safeguard women’s rights to work. To expressly define what constitutes as sexual harassment in workplace and to state the principle that the responsibility of child care shall be shouldered by the State and society.

2011

Enacts “Enforcement Act

of CEDAW”

The funding required by the various levels of administering agencies to enforce regulations of the convention that safeguard the human rights of all genders shall be the priority of the budget compilation with respect to the financial condition. Additionally, in correspondence with the regulations of CEDAW, all administering agencies shall conclude any formulation, amendment, or repeal of the act; and improving its executive actions within three years following the execution of the Enforcement Act.

2012

Enacts “Gender Equality

Policy Guideline” 

To promote the development of gender equality by managing the policies in Taiwan that relate to women in politics, economy, education, population, health, legislation, environment, and more from a perspective of equity, gender equality, and gender mainstreaming. 

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Gender Equity Education Act

Act of Gender Equality

in Employment

FIRST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT IN ASIA

Domestic Violence Prevention Act

the #1 in Asia to incorporate civil protection orders into the legal system.

the Sexual Harassment

Prevention Act

In the last two decades, the laws to prevent gender-based violence have been constantly improved. For example, the Domestic Violence Prevention Act has long oered protection to same-sex couples.

Gender Equity Education Act

Taiwan also passed the Gender Equity Education Act (2004), the Act of Gender Equality in Employment (2002) and other acts on gender equality in recently years. These laws have constructed the gender based violence prevention network at school and in the workplace.

Act of Gender Equality

in Employment

 

Legislative Track

OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS

IN TAIWAN

2009

2007

establish “Foundation FOR women’s Rights Promotion and Development ”

Foundation for women’s Rights Promotion and Development (FWRPD) was established to serve as a bridge for constructive dialogue between the government and the private sectors, and to build a center

of resource and information

exchange for all women

in Taiwan.

1999

The funding required by the various levels of administering agencies to enforce regulations of the convention that safeguard the human rights of all genders shall be the priority of the budget compilation with respect to the financial condition. Additionally, in correspondence with the regulations of CEDAW, all administering agencies shall conclude any formulation, amendment, or repeal of the act; and improving its executive actions within three years following the execution of the Enforcement Act.

2011

Enacts “Enforcement

Act of CEDAW”

2002

2004

2005

2012

2016

2019

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

ENFORCEMENT ACT OF JUDICIAL YUAN

INTERPRETATION NO.748

On May 17, 2019, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan approved the Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748, a special law legalizing same-sex marriage in Taiwan. Taking eect on May 24, 2019, the Act is the first law passed in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage. According to article 2 of the Act, two persons of the same sex may form a permanent union of intimate and exclusive nature for the purpose of living a common life. It is a major milestone in the promotion of LGBTQ+ rights and interests.

TERTIARY

EDUCATION

Female gross enrolment ratio
in tertiary education ranks

IN ASIA.

The number 89.53% is
much higher than the
world average with 40.61%

 
 

TWiST

The society of Taiwan Women in Sciences and Technology

MWF

Modern Women's Foundation

WFWP-Taiwan

Women’s Federation for World Peace, Taiwan

NGOS

As a member of the international community, Taiwan shoulders the responsibility to advance gender equality and promote democracy and social inclusion. 

We have been committed to sharing and exchanging our experience in promoting gender equality with the world in the hope of contributing and participating in international gender equality movements.

With this in mind, as we celebrate the 2020 Bejing+25, women’s groups in Taiwan s would like to invite all feminists who believe in gender equality and to join Taiwan NGO Expos in achieving 50-50 by 2030 !

TWiST

The society of Taiwan Women in Sciences and Technology

TCAV

Taiwan Coalition Against Violence

MWF

Modern Women's Foundation

Office for Gender Equality

Taipei City Government

WFWP-Taiwan

Women’s Federation for World Peace, Taiwan

ECPAT Taiwan

 

TAIWAN

WOMEN’S CENTER

Asserting women’s rights and promoting gender equality are not only Taiwan’s fundamental state policies which are regulated in the Constitution, but also are crucial human rights indicators of modern democracy countries.

 

With the partnership between local governments and women’s groups, Taiwan Women’s Movements have developed in all areas of daily life . Visit our women’s centers around Taiwan and see our movements on promoting and implementing women and gender policies.

GENDER PAY GAP

Equal Pay Day   2008 - 2018

the number of extra days women are required
to work has been reduced from March 10th to Feb 23rd.

41.59%

In 2020,

women accounted for

of legislators in Taiwan.

24.50%

of the world’s MPs
are women
(2019, IPU data).

20.3%

An increase of

compared to 2007 in Taiwan.

WOMEN IN

PARLIAMENT

In 2020,
women accounted for

of legislators in Taiwan.

of the world’s MPs
are women
(2019, IPU data).

An increase of

compared to

2007 in Taiwan.

41.59%

24.50%

20.3%

1985

1992

1984

1995

1997

1999

 

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