During this years’s Taiwan Gender Equality Week (TGEW) a seminar was held in New York City on the subject “Promoting Gender Equality in the Digital Age.”
Co-hosted by Palau and Saint Lucia, the event was held at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York during the 67th session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women which was held from 6th-17th March.
The seminar featured opening remarks by James K. Lee, director-general of TECO in NY, who said that Taiwan is honoured to play a leading role in promoting gender equality as a basic right. Accomplishing this goal will make the world a better place, he added.
Vice President J. Uduch Sengebau Senior of Palau delivered the keynote video, and the event also involved two panel discussions moderated by Betul Yuruk, vice president of the U.N. Correspondents’ Association.
Other high-profile participants included Alvina Reynolds, president of the Senate of Saint Lucia; Chern Yi-juang, deputy minister of Taiwan’s National Science and Technology Council; Carolien Demey, president of Soroptimist International of Europe; and Vivi Lin, founder of the Red House Period Museum and founding CEO of “With Red”.
During the event, Reynolds said that Taiwan had donated more than 3,500 computers to her country and assisted in the construction of multimedia smart classrooms to facilitate interactive learning among girls and women. She thanked the government and people of Taiwan for their generosity and contributions toward gender equality in the Caribbean nation of Saint Lucia.
In a pre-recorded video, Uduch Sengebau Senior said digital technology has become indispensable to people’s daily life. Increasing female labour force participation will help ensure women’s right to take part in politics and public decision-making, she added.
Launched in 2020 by the MOFA and Taipei City-based Foundation of Women’s Rights Promotion and Development, TGEW is a collaborative platform for NGO networks that spotlights Taiwan’s work to achieve gender equality in all sectors.