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House of Lords speaker lauds women in Taiwan politics

House of Lords speaker lauds women in Taiwan politics

Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) The speaker of Britain's House of Lords said Monday that Taiwan outperforms the United Kingdom in terms of the number of women's seats in parliament. Baroness D'Souza, who is on a two-day visit to Taiwan, said that when she joined the House of Lords 10 years ago, only 17 percent of the chamber's members were women. The ratio has increased to about 24 percent currently after years of efforts, but is still not as good as that of Taiwan, where female lawmakers account for 33 percent of the overall number, D'Souza said during a speech titled "Women's Leadership and Political Participation: The United Kingdom Perspective" at National Taiwan University. To achieve a higher level of women's political participation, D'Souza said, the mindsets of women and men need to be changed in order to create better conditions for women's education and economic development. She added that politics is not only something that is participated in by politicians, but also covers "everyday practices" such as organizing people who demand local, regional or national resources. Instead of relying on other people to make political changes, D'Souza encouraged young women to take part in elections, so that they can become a driving force to improve women's political participation. D'Souza, the first speaker of the House of Lords to visit Taiwan, arrived in Taiwan a day earlier for a series of exchanges that is important to Taiwan-U.K. ties. Earlier Monday, she met with President Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, as well as representatives from the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Taiwan has welcomed several senior British officials this year, including Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf and Sir David King, U.K. special representative for climate change, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-08-03 01:38 GMT+08:00