Date: Mar 09, 2017
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) marked International Women’s Day yesterday with a blast at President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) for giving little attention to women’s rights, despite being the nation’s first female president, while the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) thanked women’s rights advocates of the past and called for continued efforts to integrate gender perspectives into public affairs.
Tsai only cares about her reputation as Taiwan’s first female president and she ignores that her policies have made people’s lives difficult and has paid no attention to women’s rights, KMT Women’s Department director Chen Yi-chun (陳儀君) said.
Chen cited a recent poll showing that about 70 percent of Taiwanese women believed that the “one fixed day off and one rest day” policy would not make workplaces more employee-friendly, while 35 percent said the policy would reduce their income.
The KMT also quoted the US Department of State’s human rights report for this year, which said that foreign spouses in Taiwan face discriminatory policies and that it takes longer for Chinese spouses than those from other nations to obtain personal identification cards. [FULL STORY]