High ratio of Taiwanese woman lawmakers impresses U.S. official

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/03/03
By: Rita Cheng and Elizabeth Hsu

Taiwan’s high ratio of women elected to legislative office has impressed a

A group photo of lawmakers taken on Feb. 1 when a new four-year term began.

A group photo of lawmakers taken on Feb. 1 when a new four-year term began.

senior U.S. official, who said Wednesday that with Taiwan’s lead in promoting women’s rights, the newest project under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) will focus on women’s empowerment.

Kurt Tong, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, announced in a conference on Taiwan-U.S. relations in Washington, D.C. that the GCTF project will be an international women’s empowerment conference that will take place in Taipei March 11.

“This conference will bring together government and civil society leaders, primarily from the Asian and Pacific region, to discuss ways that we can promote and create political and economic empowerment to women and create a more inclusive society,” Tong said in a speech at the conference.

In his speech, Tong noted that Taiwan has recently elected its first-ever female president, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), whom he said the United States looks forward to working with and knowing better in the future.     [FULL  STORY]

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