Taiwan for Her: Gender (In)Equality in Taiwan

Wed 1/19 • 5PM - 6PM PST


What are the countries that come to mind when you think of gender equality?

Most people would be very likely to mention Nordic countries. To many people’s surprise, Taiwan has progressed tremendously in narrowing the gender gap, especially when compared to other Asian countries. Currrent President Tsai Ing-wen was elected as the first female leader in Taiwan in 2016 and won reelection in 2020. The share of seats in parliament held by women is about 40% in Taiwan, which is roughly equal to Denmark and higher than the U.S. (27%). However, despite these advances in women’s political participation, it is unclear to what extent the increase in female representation has translated into improvements in women’s social and economic status in Taiwan.

Therefore, we invite Director and Associate Professor Weiting Wu in Graduate Institute for Gender Studies at Shih Hsin University to discuss the following topics: what Taiwan has achieved in gender equality and marriage equality; what factors explain Taiwan’s progress; furthermore, what challenges and difficulties women in Taiwan still face from an intersectional perspective.

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