Date: November 16, 2016
Participants in the first Taiwan-hosted International Council of Women Executive Committee Meeting
received a warm welcome at a reception organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nov. 15 in Taipei City.
The 22 academics, government officials and representatives of nongovernmental organizations from 14 countries, who are in country for the Nov. 14-17 ICW meeting staged by the National Council of Women of Taiwan, Republic of China, were feted by MOFA Deputy Minister Francois Chih-chung Wu during an address at the ministry’s HQ.
Through this international meeting, the MOFA seeks to foster friendships and create cooperation channels to better engage in dialogue with female leaders from around the world, Wu said. It is hoped that all the women leaders assist and support Taiwan’s efforts to participate in and contribute more to global initiatives, he added.
Lourdes Xitumul Piox, secretary of the Peace Secretariat of the Presidential Office of Guatemala—an ROC diplomatic ally—responded by praising Taiwan’s significant improvements in advancing women’s education. She also highlighted the important role of Taiwan’s women in such fields as economics and technology, and said the country is a good example for nations in Central America lacking similar developments. [FULL STORY]