Taiwan protests its depiction by U.N. agency as part of China

New York, Taiwan’s representative office in New York has lodged a protest with the United Nations over a map published by one of its agencies which shows Taiwan as part of China.

The 2021 Women in Politics map, published by the UN Woman and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), shows the political participation rate of women in countries around the world, with Taiwan color-coded in red, same as China, and the combined rate listed at 24.9 percent.

In a Facebook post, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York said the IPU-UN Women in Politics 2021 map flagrantly excluded Taiwan and disregarded its hard-won progress in the area of gender equality.

“We have a democratically elected female head of state 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen, and 42% of our lawmakers are women,” TECO wrote. “‘For Democracy. For Everyone’ shouldn’t be just a slogan,” it said, referring to the IPU’s motto.

The map will be displayed at a virtual meeting held by the U.N. Commission of the Status of Women (CSW65) March 15-26, and Taiwan will not be distinguished from China, as it had been in the past.

Although Taiwan is not a member of the U.N., its rate of women’s participation in politics is higher than that of many other countries.

Since Tsai, the country’s first female president, was re-elected in January 2020, the ratio of women in the Legislature has climbed to a record 41.59 percent.

TECO New York Director James Lee (李光章) said his office had filed a protest with the U.N. over the IPU-UN Women in Politics 2021 map and had also appealed to UN Woman to separate Taiwan from China on the map.

“What Taiwan has achieved in gender equality is obvious,” Lee told CNA on Wednesday.

It is well known globally that Taiwan has a democratically elected female president, and it is an undeniable fact that Taiwan is not part of China, Lee said.

“A chart demonstrating the global participation of women in politics will not be complete without Taiwan,” he said.

At a time when the U.N. is keenly advocating for democracy and women’s rights around the world, it should face up to the existence of Taiwan, Lee said.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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