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Women’s rights groups call for review of gender laws
爭性別平權 婦團籲檢視立法

Israelis rally in protest against gender discrimination towards women and the disappearance of women’s pictures in advertisements across Jerusalem’s public spaces in downtown Jerusalem on Dec. 23, 2011.
以色列人於二0一一年十二月二十三日,抗議對女性的性別歧視、以及在耶路撒冷市區公共場所的廣告中將女性照片拿掉。

Photo: AFP
照片: 法新社

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.

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. supervise v.

監督 (jian1 du1)

例: They have sent someone over from headquarters to supervise us.

(他們從總部派人來監督我們。)

2. approve v.

批准 (pi1 zhun3)

例: The committee approved the new budget.

(委員會批准了新的預算。)

3. relevant adj.

相關的 (xiang1 guan1 de5)

例: Your answer was not relevant to the question you were asked.

(你的回答跟被問的問題不相關。)


(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

台灣邁入二○一二年,性別平權將跟著國際腳步更上一層樓?除CEDAW(消除對婦女一切歧視形式公約)施行法將上路,行政院性別平等處也已成立;婦女團體疾呼,五院都應設立CEDAW監督機制,檢視所有的平權立法;行政院則應每年擬定性別平等年度施政白皮書,送立法院備詢。

婦女新知基金會秘書長簡至潔說明,CEDAW是全球最重要的婦女人權法典,目前全球有超過一百八十個國家是締約國,我國雖非聯合國會員國,但是立法院自二○○七年批准該公約以來,在婦女團體的監督下,已經發表過國家報告,今年起CEDAW施行法上路,國內相關法律也將不得牴觸國際法的平權公約。

為了讓二○一二年真的成為台灣的「性別元年」,婦女團體去年十二月二十八日要求五院都應設立CEDAW監督機制,致力於CEDAW國內法制化,並提出國家報告、接受國際專家的審議;至於原來的婦權會一月一日改為性別平等處以後,運作應增加透明性,議題及委員也應有代表性;進用人員也應具備性別專長或性別政策的經驗;行政院則應每年擬定性別平等年度施政白皮書,讓我國的性別平權能與國際人權體系快速接軌。

(自由時報記者楊久瑩)

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