As Taiwan enters 2012, will gender equality also be lifted to international levels? Not only is legislation being passed soon that will adhere to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Executive Yuan has also establishied a department for gender equality. Women’s civic groups are stridently calling for the five branches of the government to each set up CEDAW supervising mechanisms to oversee legislation concerning equal rights. The Executive Yuan has sent its annual white papers covering issues of gender equality to the Legislative Yuan for interpellation.
Awakening Foundation secretary-general Chien Chih-chieh has explained that CEDAW is the most important legislation in the world concerning women’s rights, and that currently more than 180 countries have signed it. Although Taiwan is not a member of the UN, the Legislative Yuan still approved adherence to CEDAW in 2007, and has worked under the supervision of womens’ civic groups since then. National reports have been released and this year as CEDAW is passed into legislation in Taiwan, the nation’s relevant laws can no longer run counter to international laws concerning equal rights.
In order to make 2012 the start of a new era for gender rights in Taiwan, women’s groups have requested that the five branches establish a CEDAW supervision apparatus, and work to pass national legislation for CEDAW, as well as write national reports and accept international experts to review the legislation. Since the Committee of Women’s Rights Promotion became a department for gender equality on Jan. 1, the inner workings of the agency should be more transparent, and the topics and members of the council should be more representative. Those working in the agency should be experts on gender and have experience with legislation concerning gender. The branches of government should make annual reports on gender equality that allow the nation to rapidly catch up with the international human rights system.
1. supervise v.
監督 (jian1 du1)
例: They have sent someone over from headquarters to supervise us.
2. approve v.
批准 (pi1 zhun3)
例: The committee approved the new budget.
3. relevant adj.
相關的 (xiang1 guan1 de5)
例: Your answer was not relevant to the question you were asked.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)