Number of Female Legislators in Taiwan Impresses Western Officials

Number of Female Legislators in Taiwan Impresses Western Officials
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Taiwan has the highest ratio of female legislators elected to the legislature in Asia at 38%, which has impressed officials from western countries that have a longer history of adopting democratic political systems.

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Translated and compiled by Bing-sheng Lee

Taiwan currently has the highest ratio of female legislators in Asia, according to the statistics of Taiwanese general elections that took place in January. The high figure of 38% has garnered attention from the international community and impressed officials from western countries that have a longer history of adopting democratic political systems.

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Kurt Tong, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the US Department of State, praised Taiwan for having a ratio of women lawmakers that is double the figure in the US. During a conference on Taiwan-US relations at George Washington University this week, Tong also said he is impressed by Taiwan’s efforts in promoting women rights.

Tong announced that the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF), an agreement aimed at enhancing Taiwan-US cooperation, will have its new project focused on women’s empowerment and will be conducted in the form of a conference in Taipei on March 11.

“This conference will bring together government and civil society leaders, primarily from the Asia-Pacific regions, to discuss ways that we can promote and create political and economic empowerment to women and create a more inclusive society," Tong said in a speech.

As shown in the data, Taiwan’s current legislature has a total of 43 women lawmakers, which accounts for 38% of the 113 legislators and is five more than the previous parliament. This number has also broken the record in the history of Taiwan’s legislature.

European official also impressed by Taiwan’s election results

Last month, Madeleine Majorenko, head of the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) in Taiwan, also said she is amazed by Taiwan’s high ratio of female legislators in the legislature, which is even higher than that of the European parliaments. She stated that countries in Europe should learn from Taiwan’s democracy and advance in promoting women rights.

As a woman and liberalist, Majorenko said she is happy to see Taiwan has elected its first female president, showing Taiwan is a mature democracy.

Majorenko added that what impresses her the most about Tsai is that her election is not a result of cronyism or her family background, but comes from her own experiences of working in the government for a long time and unrelenting efforts.

She said she and Tsai have agreed to reinforce EU-Taiwan cooperation and build a stronger economic relationship.

Edited by Olivia Yang

Sources:
“High ratio of Taiwanese woman lawmakers impresses U.S. official” (Focus Taiwan)
“No. of women lawmakers impresses US mandarin” (China Times)
“Taiwan’s new legislature to have more female lawmakers, become younger” (Focus Taiwan)
China Times
Sing Tao Daily
CNA