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Basic Principles

Women continue to remain unequal in many different aspects such as political participation, labor market, economy, welfare, education, health care and personal security.  Based on the concept of “equal participation & decision- making,” our families, working and living environments will be more consciously aware of the gender differences.  These principles are as follows:

1.   Mutual decision making and political participation for both sexes:  Any policies regarding the state or social issues should include both sexes, and some specific policies may require the expertise of women.  This will to lead to a less biased society, creating a balanced and innovated state.

2. Labor policies to increase women’s labor participation and financial self-support: Policies should encourage women to venture into the labor market and stabilize the economic security and social participation.  At the same time, the government needs to establish daycare facilities for working women and actively assist the family support system.

3. Welfare policies that provide caretaking facilities and help women become self-supportive: Policies should realize the needs of women and establish caretaking facilities.  They need to assist women to become self-supportive, gain wages, and break from social isolation.  Pensions should cover different working patterns of women and their social contribution; provide them with economic security, especially to elderly women.

4. Education policies should emphasize gender quality and respect for diversity: Policies should respect the differences in class, ethnicity, region, talent and gender.  Students need to have access to a wide range of resources to suit their needs and be taught accordingly.  Educators need to avoid following a certain set of standards and they need to provide a multi-cultural learning environment that lets the students learn about and respect diversity.

5. Health care policies emphasizing health care priorities and gender awareness in medical ethics: Policies need to provide adequate health care for women; medical personnel should be trained to be consciously aware of the gender differences and medical research needs to include more gender related topics.

6. Create an environment where women feel secure and respected: Women need to be able to freely lead their own lives and develop individual personalities in a safe and peaceful environment.  Women should be free of fear, violence and sexual abuse and harassment.

7. All policies should include the needs of women in ethnic minorities: The state should respect the differences in women and minorities should be placed    first in the line.  Women with different ethnic backgrounds may have different experiences, and they need to be respected and recognized when policies are being decided.

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