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Workshop on women's leadership, empowerment begins in Taipei

2018/12/10 19:02

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Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) A three-day workshop focusing on women's leadership and empowerment in the Indo-Pacific region kicked off in Taipei Monday, featuring 30 participants from 14 countries sharing experiences and exchanging views.

Titled "Achieving 50-50: Empowering Women Leaders in the Indo-Pacific Region," the workshop under the U.S.-Taiwan Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) includes presentations, wide-ranging discussions and essential measures to be taken to achieve increased participation and representation of women in both private and public organizations.

Monday's opening ceremony began with opening addresses by American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Tsao Li-jey (曹立傑).

They were followed by a keynote speech from Pat Schroeder, a former U.S. congresswoman who represented Colorado in the House of Representatives from 1973-1997.

Schroeder, who in 1973 became the first female U.S. representative elected in Colorado and blazed a trail for a new generation of women on Capitol Hill, encouraged more women to engage in the equal rights movement, especially in politics.

According to AIT, the event will also feature the showing of episodes from a film called "The Firsts," a multimedia project documenting pioneering women in the United States.

"The Firsts" is part of the "American Film Showcase," a project that supports exchanges of U.S. films, filmmakers and film experts in support of U.S. foreign policy priorities, including women's empowerment, human rights, civil society, entrepreneurship and countering disinformation.

Among the stories featured in the film include those of Nikki Haley, the first American Indian woman to be elected as a state governor, and Sylvia Earle, the first woman named chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to the AIT.

Marci T. Hodge, a peace operations analyst specializing in women, peace and security and senior policy advisor in the U.S. Department of State, is also scheduled to speak at the three-day-workshop.

Since the establishment of the GCTF in 2015, the U.S. and Taiwan have brought together experts, government officials and civic leaders from over two dozen countries for 14 workshops on public health, women's empowerment, media literacy, law enforcement and the digital economy, among other topics.

(By Joseph Yeh)Enditem/J