Taiwan Soka Association Representatives Attend Women's Rights Conference
On March 27, 2009, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) of Taiwan held a national conference observing the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The event presented the current status of women in Taiwan and outlined future policy-making directions. Taiwan's Executive Yuan Vice Premier Chiu Cheng-hsiung and MOI Minister Liao Liou-yi hosted the conference opening.
MOI invited Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) to the conference, in recognition of TSA's longtime efforts promoting women's rights in Taiwanese society. TSA Vice Women's Leader Tu Chi-chen and some 20 women members attended. MOI Minister Liao emphasized the importance of women's power in building a better society, saying that gender equality and human rights are globally-recognized values that need to be protected. He expressed appreciation for TSA's efforts to promote women's rights, and hoped that organizations such as TSA would work together to raise awareness of women's rights.
Since 1991, MOI has designated TSA as an Excellent Community Organization fifteen times.
[Adapted from an article in the April 10, 2009 issue of the Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association; photo courtesy of Harmony Press]