Gender Equality Act amendments expected in July

16 June, 2023

Courtesy of ICRT


The cabinet says it plans to submit draft amendments to the Gender Equity Education Act, the Act of Gender Equality in Employment and the Sexual Harassment Prevention Act to the Legislative Yuan by mid-July.


The amendments come amid the ongoing spate of sexual harassment and assault allegations against political figures, main stream media celebrities, academics and YouTubers among others.


According to the cabinet, the amendments to the three laws focus on the definition of what constitutes sexual harassment and developing friendly reporting mechanisms.


Cabinet officials say the amendments seek to address employers' responsibility regarding sexual misconduct by requiring more companies to establish formal report and punishment mechanisms and to shorten the time period to address such complaints.


The amendments are being finalized after President Tsai Ing-wen earlier this month tasked Premier Chen Chien-jen with leading a governmental review of the issue.


Cabinet spokesman Lin Zi-lun says the reforms are all based on consultations with experts and existing international laws.

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