UN exclusion of Tsai Ing-wen from list elicits backlash from Taiwan netizens

Map lists many female presidents but not Tsai, sparks netizen outrage

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/03/16
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(TaiwanWarmPower Facebook photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's netizens blasted UN Women for its exclusion of Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in its female heads of state count in a map that presents information on women in executive and parliamentary positions as of January 1, 2020.

The map called “Woman in Politics: 2020" lists nations with female heads of state: Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Iceland, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago; but Taiwan is excluded.

A UN Women’s Facebook post showing the female heads of state count was inundated with Taiwanese users protesting, with one saying “Tsai has the wisdom, courage, and bravery to say #No to our neighboring dictatorship, China. Don't you think Dr. Tsai Ing-wen deserves to be acknowledged as a role model for many women in the world?”

Another user said, “An international organization that is supposedly dedicated to the empowerment of women has just rudely overlooked, or refused to recognize, the legitimacy of a female national leader who has been leading Taiwan for the past four years and was reelected. How respectful.”    [FULL  STORY]

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