Taiwan’s female politicians forge path to equality

Women legislators take up 42 percent of seats in the island's legislative body, making it the most equitable in Asia.

Al Jazeera
Date: February 01, 2020
By: Violet Law

Supporters of Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen celebrate her re-election victory last in January [File: Chiang Ying-ying/AP]

Taipei, Taiwan – In skinny jeans and chilly pepper red sneakers matching her lipstick, Kao Chia-yu was greeted like a film celebrity by her constituents.

Shouts of "Congratulations!" echoed through the narrow streets, and fans chased her down for selfies and autographs. Instinctually darting between Putonghua and Taiwanese, Kao, 39, was on her last thank-the-voters victory lap on the Lunar New Year break.

On Saturday, the three-term local councillor will be sworn in as a legislator. Kao and other women legislators take up 42 percent of the seats in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan, making it the most equitable in Asia.    [FULL  STORY]

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