June 3-6, 2019
Women In Government Board of Directors, Vice Chair Washington State Representative Cindy Ryu, led the WIG delegation in Taiwan. Representative Ryu, Senator Nancy Todd of Colorado, Representative Gina Mosbrucker of Washington, WIG Business Council Chair Tracey Meeks of Vertex and others enjoyed a jam-packed itinerary that included meetings with:
-Senior female legislators and learning more about the Taiwanese legislative process
-Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss current developments between the U.S. and Taiwan
-Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs and the American State Offices Association to hear about Taiwan's Industrial Transformation Plan and U.S.-Taiwan Trade and examine the role of U.S. states as vital trade partners
-Ministry of Education to delve further into Taiwan-U.S. educational cooperation
-National Health Insurance Administration, Ministry of Health & Welfare to learn about Taiwan's national healthcare system and its contributions to international society
-Industrial Technology Research Institute to examine other cooperative endeavors between Taiwan and the U.S.
-National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction and Taiwan's preparedness and disaster relief system
-NGOs (including the Foundation of Women's Rights Promotion & Development and The Garden of Hope Foundation) to exchange experiences of gender equality and women empowerment from personal and policy perspectives
Other highlights included:
-Taipei City Tour with visits to Taipei 101, National Palace Museum, and the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
-An official visit and dinner with Seattle's Sister City Kaohsiung City that featured a Government & Dinner and discussion around the issues of sister city cooperation
-Kaohsiung City tour that with excursions to Kaohsiung House (a Green Building), World Games Stadium, Women's Center, Women Children Youth Center, California Farm Cooperative Society, AgriGaia Social Enterprise Farm, and an Organic Tea Farm
-Dragon Boat Races!
Women In Government Foundation, Inc. is humbly grateful to all the Taiwan hosts for their thoughtful planning and meaningful discussions with the many governmental and policy experts as well as business and civic leaders we had the opportunity to engage with. We look forward to sharing this experience with our state legislative colleagues here in the United States and formulating ways to translate these conversations into improving relations between the states and our global partners.
LEGISLATORS: If you would like to learn how you could develop a global delegation, please contact Women In Government and we will put you in touch with Representative Ryu! Call us at (202) 434-4850.