Executive Yuan invites public to celebrate girls’ rights

  • Date: 2017-10-06
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

This year will mark the fifth that the nation has celebrated Taiwan Girls Day, which coincides with the United Nations’ own International Day of the Girl Child. The Executive Yuan announced that to promote understanding of the meaning and spirit behind the day, the central and local governments have organized a number of activities for the public to celebrate the rights and interests of the nation’s girls together.

 

Responsible ministries and agencies are actively organizing many events, the Executive Yuan said, including the Ministry of Education’s four-panel comic contest, designed to encourage students to demonstrate the core values of the International Day of the Girl Child. On October 10, the Ministry of Culture’s National Museum of Prehistory will provide free admittance to all women and girls under the age of 20, while on October 11, the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall will offer special discounts on purchases. The National Hsinchu Living Arts Center has also organized a series of activities, including a human library, a “one person, one story” performance, short films, and a lecture on entrepreneurship, all aimed at inspiring the imagination of girls in thinking about careers and business.

 

The United Nations established October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, and has called on all countries to value and invest in girls. The Executive Yuan responded in March 2013, issuing the Action Plan for Enhancement of Girls’ Rights, which outlines 14 overarching visions and 75 implementation policies. The government will continue to urge appropriate agencies to proactively carry out the full range of work furthering girls’ rights and interests.

 

A complete list of all accomplishments achieved between January and August 2017 by various ministries and agencies under the Action Plan for Enhancement of Girls’ Rights, as well as information about Taiwan Girls Day activities planned by the central and local governments, can be found on the action plan page of the Gender Equality Committee’s website. The Executive Yuan expects that collective efforts at all levels of government will imbue the nation with a deeper appreciation of gender equality, thereby providing girls in Taiwan a more equal environment in which to realize their dreams.