On the occasion of International Women's Day, Premier Su Tseng-chang expressed his gratitude to Taiwan's women for the important roles they play across all parts of society, even during this time as the nation battles the novel coronavirus. He especially thanked the women who provide care and attend to the health of others, either in the medical care profession or at home, for their hard work and contribution. The premier wished them a happy Women's Day, much health, and peace of mind.
While Taiwan has seen encouraging growth in the percentages of women in decision-making positions and the general workforce, Premier Su said he would still like Executive Yuan agencies to do more for women in disadvantaged circumstances, such as by introducing more advanced women's rights measures and strengthening their skills and abilities, all of which will hopefully reduce the gender gap. By ensuring that people of different genders have equal opportunity to participate in every realm of society, and access the same public services and resources, Taiwan can truly achieve gender equality as a gender-friendly society. Taiwan will also wield its regional influence to help improve gender equality and women's rights in Asia, and share its experiences with countries around the world.
The Executive Yuan's Department of Gender Equality pointed out that Taiwanese women have made a mark with strong and exceptional performances in all areas of society. In the current 10th Legislature, as an example, women make up an impressive 41.59 percent of the national parliament. Compared with countries surveyed by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, this percentage would put Taiwan at the top of Asia and 16th globally, ahead of even gender-equality standout Switzerland. The number of female legislators relying on the "reserved-seat" system has also declined as women continue to win elections outright, further attesting to the ability of Taiwanese women to earn the people's vote and influence the political realm.