Czech Republic and Taiwan hosted a joint event highlighting gender issues

An online forum focusing on women’s and LGBTQ rights was held by experts from Taiwan and Czech Republic as part of the week-long Prague Pride Festival 2021. This was the first time that the two countries teamed up to host an event highlighting gender issues.

Mayor of Prague Zdenek Hrib addressed the opening speech and said: “Czech Republic’s gender wage gap is one of the biggest in the EU and noted several Central European countries’ strict anti-LGBTQ policies show a regression of freedom in the region”.

The “Dialogue on progress towards gender equality – Czech Republic and Taiwan” meeting was co-hosted by the Taiwan Cabinet’s Gender Equality Committee (GEC) and the Prague City Government.

Tradition Responsibility Prosperity Party (TOP 09) Leader Marketa Adamova said, like many countries, there are few female high-level government officials in the Czech Republic, according to a GEC press release. She said the balance of education, work, life, and family support is the key to advancing women’s role in policymaking, reports Taiwan News.

Furthermore, Prague Pride Chairman Czeslaw Walek and GEC Commissioner Jennifer Lu also exchanged experiences in promoting marriage equality. A same-sex marriage bill is currently being reviewed by the Czech Republic parliament.


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