The Executive Yuan held the 3rd national report review conference of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) from July 16 to 19. Five international review committee members from South Korea, Brazil, Slovenia, Finland, and Italy (Ms. Bianca Pomeranzi), presented 73 concluding comments and suggestions on the nation’s implementation of women’s human rights during the July 20 press conference. Among them, points 36 and 37 adopted the views proposed by YWCA of Taiwan. General Secretary Ping Lee served as the advisory committee for the foreign expert review.
The theme of the non-governmental alternative report presented by the Association was “Residential Safety of the Immigrant Spouses of Veterans.” On July 16, supervisor Yi-fang Tai of the community care center for new immigrants in the western district of Taipei delivered a presentation, with the General Secretary Ping Lee and Staff Yu-en Lai in attendance. According to the case of the new immigrant community care center in the west district of Taipei, which was undertaken, it was found that the veterans with lower ranks and their immigrant spouses living in the public house spend most of his monthly pay on living expenses. After the death of the veterans, the new immigrants are allowed to continue renting, but they are required to move out after 11 years of renting, as stipulated in the Regulations Governing Rental and Management of Taipei Public Housing. Some of those under the lease will also face the expiration of the term, and they are given only a one-year grace period. It is difficult to find employment and afford the rent, given their age, economy and physical condition. According to the Regulations for Subsidizing the Interest on Loans for and Rent of Self-built and Self-purchased Housing and the Regulations for Subsidizing the Interest on Loans for Home Renovation and the Simple Home Renovation Expenses, applicants with two or more family members can be weighted by rating, but many veterans have not fathered children with new immigrants, hence not meeting the criteria. The family support system and social resources of new immigrants in Taiwan are relatively less than those of Taiwanese spouses, and they are in great need of government assistance.
Foreign reviewers attached great importance to the issues of the Association and incorporated points 36 and 37 of the concluding opinions and suggestions of the review committee, with the content described as follows.
(Photo of the Opening Ceremony of the CEDAW Third National Report of the Review and Publication Meeting of Foreign Experts on July 16, retrieved from the Executive Yuan Gender Equality Committee)