Date: November 15, 2016
The Executive Committee Meeting of the Paris-headquartered International Council of Women kicked
off Nov. 14 in Taipei City, marking the first time the global women’s rights organization has staged the assembly in Taiwan.
Hosted by the National Council of Women of Taiwan, Republic of China (NCWT), the four-day event is organized under the theme “Transforming Society through Women’s Empowerment” and includes a conference examining women’s roles in decision-making, local communities and workplaces. Speakers include politicians, scholars and representatives of rights groups from Egypt, Guatemala, Japan, Marshall Islands, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, South Korea and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Speaking at the opening of the event, President Tsai Ing-wen highlighted Taiwan’s successful efforts to boost women’s participation in public affairs, pointing out that more than one-third of the country’s legislators are female. “As a woman president, I am also evidence of this trend,” she added. [FULL STORY]