Tue, Mar 09, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Women moving up government ranks, Cabinet official says

CNA , TAIPEI

Women account for about 12 percent of all senior-level decision-making officials in the Executive Yuan and its subordinate agencies, Executive Yuan Secretary-General Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳) said yesterday at the 2004 Golden Carnation Awards presentation ceremony, which was held in celebration of Women's Day.

Meanwhile, Liu said, 32 percent of intermediate-level decision-making officials at all central government agencies are women.

"These two figures indicate that Taiwan has made progress in admitting women into its policy-making process, " Liu said, also saying that there is still ample room to promote female civil servants to management or leadership posts.

The Golden Carnation Awards were set up last year to encourage heads of administrative agencies to promote more women civil servants into policy-making processes.

Addressing the ceremony, Liu said President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has attached great importance to gender equality in government service and has directed the Central Personnel Administration to hammer out detailed measures to advance that goal.

"The establishment of the Golden Carnation Awards is part of the government's efforts to promote gender equality in the civil service," Liu said.

Quoting the results of a UN survey, Su Chien-ling (蘇芊玲), a commissioner of the Cabinet's Women's Rights Promotion Commission, said Taiwan ranks among the frontrunners in Asia in terms of gender equality in political participation, but still lags many advanced countries in this regard.

Many female appointees in Chen's administration, including Chang Fu-mei (張富美), chairwoman of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission, and Yu Ling-ya (余玲雅), Taiwan Provincial Consultative Council speaker, attended the ceremony to show their support for the promotion of women civil servants.

Twenty government agencies, including the administration, the Department of Health and the National Youth Commission, received awards for having promoted women bureaucrats to senior or intermediate-level management posts.

The Ministry of the Interior, the Kaohsiung City Government, the Hualien County Government's land administration office and the Taipei Veterans General Hospital were presented awards for their measures to improve facilities and services for female employees.

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