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International experts in Taipei to review CEDAW compliance

  • VP Chen

    VP Chen

    VP Chen reports at the CEDAW meeting in Taipei (CNA photo)

Five international experts on gender equality are in Taipei to review Taiwan's third report under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).


Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, and therefore unable to participate in official CEDAW reviews. But it passed legislation in 2011 to comply with the convention anyway.


The latest report on gender equality in Taiwan covers the years 2013 through 2016. Vice President Chen Chien-jen spoke at the opening ceremony on Monday, as the one-week review was set to begin.


Chen said that Taiwan has been proactive in requiring government agencies to promote gender equality and conduct reviews on compliance.


“When compared with other countries in Asia, Taiwan has performed well in the area of gender equality. But there is still room for improvement," said Chen.


The international experts are led by Heisoo Shin, a visiting professor at Ewha Womans University in South Korea. Shin said Monday that the model Taiwan uses to review compliance is better than the one the UN uses, and can serve as a model for other countries.