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.
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.
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.