Taiwan’s effort in maintaining women’s rights

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In order to maintain and enhance women’s rights and foster international dialogue, Taiwan has adopted the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Committee model and hosted the CEDAW Second national report meeting in June.

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International experts, including Rea Abada Chiongson from the Philippines, were invited to function as members of the review committee to examine the second CEDAW report of Taiwan and to provide a list of issues and questions.

Participants in the meeting were highly impressed with the active participation of more than 200 Taiwan government officials and approximately 100 non-government representatives.

Insightful recommendations made during the meeting are as follows: to conduct a study of all the impediments for women to access the courts and remedies; to devise a comprehensive awareness raising program and education using a multi-media approach to addressing gender stereotypes within the family and society; to increase women’s labor force participation through the provision of accessible and affordable childcare services; to provide legal protection to domestic and migrant workers, including through the adoption of a comprehensive law on domestic workers in compliance with CEDAW.

The Taiwanese government has demonstrated its determination and full support in the CEDAW. To implement the CEDAW, the nation also passed the Enforcement Act of CEDAW in May 2011, with President Ma-Ying-jeou signing it in June 2011. The law subsequently entered into effect in January 2012. Since the adoption of the act, Taiwan has propagated it, reviewed all domestic laws and completed the required national reports.

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