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Health minister speaks on violence against women

GENEVA -- Speaking to health representatives from across the globe Tuesday in Geneva, Taiwan's Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) told the World Health Assembly about his country's efforts to prevent violence against women.

Chiu told the assembly that Taiwan has made huge efforts to prevent violence targeting women, including passing several acts to regulate and prevent violent crimes targeting women, such as the Domestic Violence Prevention Act of 1998 and the Sexual Harassment Prevention Act of 2005.

The Sexual Assault Prevention Act in 1997 was the first law of its type in Asia, Chiu noted.

Taiwan has had gender mainstreaming policies since 2003, focusing on assessing the different implications for women and men in legislation and government programs, Chiu said.

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