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Policies needed to encourage more women to work: MOI
Central News Agency
2013-12-07 06:46 PM
Taipei, Dec. 7 (CNA) The government needs to come up with policies that will boost the labor force participation rate of women, especially now that there are more women than men in Taiwan, Vice Interior Minister Hsiao Chia-chi said Saturday. At present, Taiwan's 66.7 percent of working-age men but only 50 percent of working-age women participate in the country's workforce, Hsiao said, and with women expected to continue to outnumber men in the future, a failure to get more women into the work force would mean a fall in Taiwan's overall labor force participation rate.

The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said Thursday that Taiwan's female population exceeded that of men for the first time in 100 years at the end of November, and the trend is expected to continue in the future. The labor force participation rate for women currently stands at 86.9 percent in the 25-29 age group, 77 percent in the 30-34 age group, 73 percent in the 35-39 age group and even lower for women 45 and older, Hsiao said, citing government figures. To draw more women into the workforce, the government will have to improve the child care and education environment, because women are not likely to work if child care costs are higher than their incomes, Hsiao said. Taiwan Women's Link Director-General Huang Shu-ying said the government has enacted new laws that include measures to increase the participation of women in the workforce, such as menstrual leave, parental leave and the outlawing of hiring discrimination against women. But the laws, she said, have not improved the labor force participation rate for women because they have not been properly enforced. Huang said the government should fine employers who violate the rules to ensure they are enforced. (By Justin Su and Y.L. Kao)

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