Minister without Portfolio Lo Ping-cheng (center) is joined by MOFA Deputy Minister Kelly Wu-chiao Hsieh (third right) and EETO head Madeleine Majorenko (third left) at the opening of the Taiwan-EU Gender Mainstreaming Workshop June 24 in Taipei City. (Courtesy of GEC)
A Taiwan-EU workshop on gender mainstreaming got underway June 24 in Taipei City, underscoring the commitment of both sides to advancing awareness of the important public policy concept.
Co-organized by the Cabinet-level Gender Equality Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Economic and Trade Office, the event involves experts and officials from Australia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.
During the three-day workshop, participants will address challenges in implementing gender mainstreaming policies, as well as discuss best practices, models and techniques for improved policymaking.
Minister without Portfolio Lo Ping-cheng said during his opening address that Taiwan is leaving no stone unturned in expanding cooperation with the EU and regional partners on gender equality. A number of outstanding results have been achieved to date, with related considerations an integral part of government projects and legislation, he added.
According to Lo, the workshop is an invaluable opportunity for attendees to formulate strategies on promoting human rights while eliminating education and occupation gender discrimination.
Echoing Lo’s remarks, Deputy Foreign Minister Kelly Wu-chiao Hsieh said close Taiwan-EU cooperation on gender mainstreaming is a testament to the strength of the values shared by the like-minded partners.
According to the GEC, the event took shape during the first Taiwan-EU human rights consultation staged last year in Taipei. It falls under a three-year gender equality cooperation and training framework for enhancing exchanges among countries in the region.