Date: January 28, 2016
More women will be sworn in as lawmakers than ever before when the
ninth ROC Legislative Yuan sits for the first time Feb. 1 in Taipei City.
A total of 43 female legislators are set to take their places in the 113-member Legislature following the Jan. 16 elections, up from 38 in the eighth edition. This equates to 38 percent—the highest in Asia and topping such countries as the Philippines at 27.1, South Korea 16.3 and Japan 11.6, according to the latest statistics released by Switzerland-based Inter-Parliamentary Union.
“Such a result shows women’s political participation rate is on the rise in Taiwan,” an official from the Central Elections Commission said. “This reaffirms that gender equality in Taiwan is advancing as per Article 134 of the ROC Constitution.”
A similarly high proportion can be seen in the ROC Control and Examination yuans, which comprise 50 percent and 38 percent female members, respectively. [FULL STORY]