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Belize tops Taiwan’s Women in Development Training Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 September 2011 00:00

Ann-Marie Williams, Executive Director of the National Women’s Commission receives Best Participant Award from Chang-Ching Yeh, Director, Dept. of International Education and Training, Taiwan, ICDF.Back home over the weekend after attending a two-week training course on Women in Development in Taiwan is Ann-Marie Williams, Executive Director of the National Women’s Commission.

Williams won the Best Participant Award from among 27 other women from 23 different world countries of the Commonwealth for her outstanding performance throughout the training. Designed for mid career professionals who work in the area of Gender and Development, the course combined a unique opportunity to both study and tour some of the institutions and practices that have today positioned Taiwan as a leading gender equality model in Asia. The participants also shared their lived experiences in their country and how best they could learn from each other’s country to create a better world for women’s advancement.

Topics covered ranged from gender mainstreaming in government policies, implementing CEDAW recommendations,creating economic opportunities in small and medium enterprises for women, to building women-friendly cities—the  Kaohsiung Model, (COW SHONG) Taipei’s second largest City with which Belize has Sister-City relations was held up as a best practice. After a presentation on the state of domestic violence in Taiwan, the participants visited a domestic violence call-centre to see first hand how the 113 hotline mechanism is set up separately for men and women to call in and report incidents of abuse.

Presenters for the training were academics, women’s rights activists and feminist economists drawn from Taiwan’s prestigious institutions of higher learning.

The participants, 26 women and two men, came from Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific region.

Williams was interviewed on the renowned Radio Taiwan International which beams into many countries via satellite television and internet. To learn more about women’s rights development in both Belize and Taiwan you can google her interview atrti.org.tw

The training session and tour which began on August 10th and ended on August 23rd, was funded by the International Co-operation and Development Fund in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan).­­­