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Chapter 1 General Provisions
Article 1
This Act has been formulated in order to advance genuine gender equality, eliminate gender discrimination, safeguard human dignity, and soundly establish education resources and environments that epitomize gender equality.
The provisions of other laws shall apply to the handling of matters not provided for in this Act.
Article 2
The terms used in this Act are defined as follows:
1. Gender equity education: refers to using education to nurture respect for gender diversity, eliminate gender discrimination, and advance genuine gender equality.
2. Educational institution: refers to public and private educational institutions at all levels.
3. Sexual assault: refers to any sexual offense defined in the Sexual Assault Crime Prevention Act.
4. Sexual harassment: refers to any conduct listed below the circumstances of which are not of an extent to constitute a sexual assault:
(1) Engaging in remarks or conduct that are unwelcome and have explicit or implicit connotations of a sexual nature or of gender bias that adversely affect another person’s human dignity, their opportunity to learn or work, or their learning or work performance.
(2) Conduct related to using sex or gender as a condition for that person or any others to obtain, lose, or impair their learning or work related rights or interests.
5. Sexual bullying: refers to engaging in ridicule, attacks, or threats directed at another person’s gender characteristics, gender traits, sexual orientation, or gender identity using verbal, physical, or other forms of violence that are not in the category of sexual harassment.
6. Gender identity: refers to an individual’s awareness and acceptance of their particular gender category.
7. Sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual bullying on campus: refers to sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual bullying that involves the principal or president, or a teacher, non-teaching staff member, other worker, or student at an educational institution as one party, and a student as the other party.
Article 3
In this Act, the term “competent authority” refers to the Ministry of Education at the central government level, to the local special municipality government at the special municipality level, and to the local county (city) government at the county (city) level.
Article 4
The central competent authority shall set up a gender equity education committee which has the following duties:
1. Develop national gender equity education related legislation, policies, and annual implementation plans.
2. Coordinate and integrate related resources, assist and provide subsidies for local competent authorities and the educational institutions and social education institutions under its jurisdiction to implement and develop gender equity education.
3. Supervise and assess gender equity education related work implemented by the local competent authorities, and by the educational institutions, and social education institutions under its jurisdiction.
4. Promote research and development of curricula for, and teaching, and assessment of gender equity education and related issues.
5. Plan and organize training of gender equity education personnel.
6. Provide consultation services regarding gender equity education, and investigate and handle cases covered by this Act.
7. Promote nationwide family education and social education related to gender equity.
8. Other national level gender equity education related matters.
Article 5
Each competent authority at the special municipality, county and city level shall set up a gender equity education committee which has the following duties:
1. Developing local legislation, policies, and annual implementation plans related to gender equity education.
2. Coordinate and integrate related resources, assist the competent authority and educational institutions and social education institutions under its jurisdiction to implement and develop gender equity education.
3. Supervise and assess the gender equity-related activities implemented by the educational institutions and social education institutions under its jurisdiction.
4. Promote research and development of on curricula for, and teaching, and assessment of gender equity education and related issues.
5. Provide educational institutions and social education institutions under its jurisdiction with a consultation service regarding gender equity education related matters, and investigate and handle cases governed by this Act.
6. Organize in-service training for the educators and associated personnel in the educational institutions under its jurisdiction.
7. Promote local gender equity related family education and social education.
8. Other matters related to local gender equity education.
Article 6
Each educational institution shall establish a gender equity education committee which has the following duties:
1. Integrate related resources of the various organizational units of the educational institution, draft gender equity education projects, implement them, and examine the results of their implementation.
2. Plan and organize gender equity education related activities for students, teaching and other staff, and parents.
3. Research, develop, and promote courses, teaching, and assessments for gender equity education.
4. Develop regulations for the implementation of gender equity education and the prevention of sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus, establish mechanisms, and coordinate and integrate related resources.
5. Investigate and handle cases related to this Act.
6. Plan and establish a safe gender-fair campus.
7. Promote community level family education and social education related to gender equity.
8. Other practical matters related to gender equity education in educational institutions and in the community.
Article 7
The central competent authority’s gender equity education committee shall have seventeen to twenty-three members, who each serve a specific term. The Minister of Education shall head the committee and at least half of the total number of committee members shall be female. Experts and scholars, representatives of private sector organizations, and persons with practical work experience, all working in fields related to gender equity education, shall constitute at least two-thirds of the committee.
The gender equity education committee referred to in the previous paragraph shall meet at least once every three months, and it shall appoint people to deal ad hoc with specific related tasks. The regulations governing the organization and meetings of the committee and other committee related matters shall be prescribed by the central competent authority.
Article 8
Each gender equity education committee of the competent authority at the special municipality, county or city level shall have nine to twenty-three members, who each serve a specific term. The mayor of the special municipality, the magistrate of the county or the mayor of the city, as appropriate, shall head the committee and at least half of the total number of committee members shall be female. Experts and scholars, representatives of private sector organizations, and persons with practical work experience, all working in fields related to gender equity education, shall make up at least one-third of the committee.
The gender equity education committees referred to in the previous paragraph shall meet at least once every three months and shall appoint people to deal ad hoc with specific related tasks. The regulations governing the organization and meetings of the committee, and other committee related matters shall be prescribed by the competent authority at the special municipality, county, or city level.
Article 9
The gender equity education committee of each educational institution shall have five to twenty-one members, who each serve a specific term. The principal or president of the educational institution shall head the committee, and at least half of the total number of committee members shall be female. Representatives of teachers, of non-teaching staff, of parents, and of students, all of whom are aware of and endorse gender equity, and experts and scholars working in fields related to gender equity education may be appointed as committee members.
The gender equity education committee referred to in the previous paragraph shall meet at least once each semester, and it shall appoint people to deal ad hoc with specific related tasks. The regulations governing the organization and meetings of the committee, and other committee related affairs shall be prescribed by the educational institution.
Article 10
Each year, the competent authorities at the central, municipal, county, and city levels and educational institutions shall review the implementation projects its gender equity education committee has planned and compile an expenditure budget.
Article 11
The competent authority shall supervise and assess the gender equity education related work of the educational institutions, social education institutions, or subordinate agencies under its jurisdiction, and provide assistance required. It shall provide incentive awards to those which have performed excellently, and shall issue an official reprimand to those which have not performed well and give them guidance to improve.