April 4, 2019
AIT Press Release #: PR-1910
AIT is proud to be co-organizing, in cooperation with Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, the Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit. This event will take place on April 16th from 10:00-17:00, and will bring together over 500 participants from more than 15 countries. The Summit is part of a series of events around the world in the lead up to the June 4-5 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the Netherlands.
During the Summit, President Tsai, AIT Director Christensen, and high profile women leaders in business, government, and academia will discuss strategies for empowering women and launching new initiatives to promote women both in Taiwan and the region. Women leaders from TSMC, Formosa TV, Microsoft, Facebook, Micron, Uber, Bloomberg, AppWorks, and others will all share their programs and experience.
The Summit will be held at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park and is open to the public and free of charge, but registration is required. To register and view the full Summit agenda, please visit: https://www.accupass.com/go/womensummit/
This event is part of the American Institute in Taiwan’s yearlong campaign to celebrate forty years of U.S.-Taiwan partnership since the Taiwan Relations Act. To highlight the multi-faceted nature of the U.S.-Taiwan friendship, each month we will focus on a specific aspect of our cooperation. April is AIT@40 Trade & Investment Month.
Additionally, the U.S. government recently launched the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, or W-GDP, to draw global attention to the important role women can play in economic development.
The United States is committed to advancing women’s economic empowerment around the world, not only as an issue of social equality, but also as a means of promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Ample research shows empowering women economically leads to higher levels of productivity-enhancing investments in education, health care and nutrition, which in turn leads to higher economic growth in the long-term.