Vocal advocacy for gender equity through action — TGEEA’s Mission

Since the inception of the Taiwan Gender Equity Education Association in 2002, we have been firmly committed to implementing gender equity education and eliminating gender discrimination. We strongly believe in building a society characterized by diversity and equity and maintain our efforts at the central and local levels.

In 1999, the first draft of the Gender Equity Education Act was formulated. In the aftermath of the Yeh, Yung-chih incident, a tragic event on a local campus in 2000, the government took a proactive approach to deal with gender-related bullying incidents on campuses. The “Gender Equity Education Act” was successfully enacted in 2004.

Young Yeh, Yung-chih and his mother

This Act serves as the legal foundation for an equal society. As an NGO, we actively participate in, monitor, and verify the implementation of the Act and make an all-out effort to cultivate gender equity awareness through education. We vocally advocate all gender education-related issues.

Press conference

15th anniversary of the enactment of the Gender Equity Education Act (23 Jun 2020)

TGEEA’s ultimate goals are to implement and promote gender equity and completely eliminate all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity. We, therefore, strive to identify and correct relevant problems on the legal foundation of the Gender Equity Education Act. Whenever incidents occur that impair teachers’ professional autonomy and the right to education of students, we rely on social media and news networks to communicate the value of diversity and respect to the public.

2019 marks the 15th anniversary of the enactment of the “Gender Equity Education Act“. The association has decided to utilize this occasion to hold a joint press conference in cooperation with numerous teachers, parents, and student organizations and issue a joint appeal to the government and conservative groups to give back a gender-friendly and welcoming learning environment to our students.

The book “King & King” incident (2020)

The book “King & King“(Source:PinkNews

In 2020, the Ministry of Education adopted a Reading Promotion Program for Elementary Schools’ First Graders, which involves the handing out of illustrated books to first graders in a random manner. One of these books, titled “King and King” tells the story of two gay men who fall in love and decide to start a family.

Some people with questionable intentions utilized this book’s publication to manipulate public opinion and departments of education in certain locations adopted measures in direct violation of the Gender Equity Education Act, such as the recall or exchange of issued books or the display of warning messages.

國王與國王記者會台灣性別平等教育協會紀孟君老師發言
Press conference on the incompetence of Taipei City Gender Equity Committee members

In response to this incident, we reaffirmed our commitment to defending teachers’ professional autonomy and the right to education of students during this press conference. We appealed to government agencies to adopt a more proactive attitude toward the challenges members of the LGBTQ+ community face on our campuses, thereby setting a positive example for society.

We also shared the insights of one of our members whose children read this book under her personal guidance and thereby gained a better understanding of the experiences of LGBTQ+ community on our official Facebook platform. This post generated considerable positive feedback.

The incompetence of Taipei City Gender Equity Committee members (2020)

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Press conference on the incompetence of Taipei City Gender Equity Committee members

We raised objections to the nomination of two members of the 8th Gender Education Committee by the Department of Education, Taipei City Government. Not only was the nomination process flawed, but the past statements of these committee members also raise concerns about their gender equity awareness. We, therefore, issued a joint statement together with other gender diversity friendly groups and seven members of the “Taipei City Council Alliance for the Promotion of Gender Equity” formed by Taipei City Councilors.

We appealed to Taipei City Government to conduct a thorough review of the selection and nomination system, ensure transparency of administrative processes, and establish a withdrawal mechanism for incompetent committee members. We also believe that the Taipei Association’s repeated appeals for the Promotion of Women’s Rights (TAPWR) to appoint candidates with high gender equity awareness to relevant committees should be positively addressed.

Gender Equality Education In Taipei Still Problematic (19 May 2020)

Public sector

The Alliance of Friendly City Councilors

同志友善性別友善新北市議員
Closed meeting of the Alliance of Friendly City Councilors

Numerous members of our association have attended meetings of central and local government committees, including the Gender Equity Education Committee. It has a direct impact on the right to education of students. The Taipei Association for the Promotion of Women’s Rights, is committed to enhancing the welfare of women and safeguarding their rights and interests, and the Task Force for Coordination of Gay Affairs in Taipei City. It monitors the formulation and implementation of laws and measures that protect the rights and interests of the LGBTQ+ community.

In 2020, we paid official visits to city councilors of 7 different counties and cities in Taiwan, accompanied by representatives of other gender-friendly organizations. During these visits, we engaged in discussions with the city councilors on the following four issues: deliberation and formulation of gender-neutral policies, complementary administrative measures, city promotion, and implementation of gender equity education. We shared the observations of our first-line educators as a valuable reference for the councilors.

Member Organizations of Covenants Watch

兩公約平行報告記者會
Press conference on the parallel report concerning the third international review of the two international human rights covenants in 2020 (photo by 台權會吳亭臻)

The Taiwanese Government has adopted resolutions in 2011 and 2012 to incorporate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) passed by the UN in 1966 and the “Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)” into national legislation.

Over many years, we have participated and assisted in the composition of parallel reports to facilitate the monitoring of international human rights covenant implementation by the government and ensure an accurate representation of gender equity education concepts and addressing challenges that students who belong to the LGBTQ+ community face on our campuses.

We identify problems including deficiencies in the implementation of gender equity education by the government and local administrative agencies as well as inadequate policy formulation in a detailed manner. We also proactively provide policy advice.

LGBT Pride Parade

台灣性別平等教育協會參加同志遊行

The first LGBT pride parade was held in 2003. Taiwan Gender Equity Education Association (TGEEA) has been attending every parade and has also served as a co-organizer for this event. We show our solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community by participating in this annual event which has grown from a few hundred to hundreds of thousands of participants. We also participated in the first and second Taiwan Trans March held in 2019 and 2020.

Despite the numerous challenges that members of the LGBTQ+ community face in our society and on our campuses, we still uphold our original mission as educators by promoting gender equity education and vocal advocacy. Our ultimate goal is to ensure fair treatment and protection of all members of our society against bullying and discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

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About TGEEA

Taiwan Gender Equity Education Association (TGEEA), founded in 2002 by a group of school teachers and social activists, aspires to achieve gender justice and diversity in Taiwan through Education.

Our Works

Active Advocacy

Monitoring of policies and legislation at the central and local levels, commenting on current events, and vocal advocacy through action.

Education Promotion

Acceptance of lecture invitations, organization of continuing education activities and training seminars on gender equity.

Resource Provision

Provision of advice for the handling of gender equity incidents on campus and consultation on the "Gender Equity Education Act".

Publication Development

Development of teaching materials and approaches and design of teaching aids such as board games and interactive media.

Support and Empowerment

Forming of linkages between gender-friendly educators, sharing of teaching experiences, and exchanges between members and partners.

International Exchanges

Participation in national and international exchange activities on gender equity and monitoring of international conventions.

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