President Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan has made significant progress in the area of women’s rights. She was speaking on Friday, at the opening of the first CALD Women’s Caucus Conference in Taipei.
CALD, or the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, is a regional alliance of liberal parties in Asia. It is hosting the conference, touted as the first major summit on feminism in Asia.
Tsai said Taipei playing to host the summit is a tribute to the progress that Taiwan has made on women’s rights issues. Tsai also applauded former vice president Annette Lu for her contribution in pushing for equal rights.
Tsai said the government has concrete laws and policies in place to further promote equal rights for women. They include mandating companies of a certain size to provide childcare services, loans for female entrepreneurs, and setting up a gender equality committee in the Legislature.